- Books, Literature, and Writing
Shopgirl - A Steve Martin Classic
I grew up in the 70's so Steve Martin was the comedian of my era. Well, for me anyway, it was pretty much love at first sight. As a musician and writer you can imagine how my heart flipped when I found out he was also an award winning Banjo player and a brilliant writer to boot.
Although I devour anything of his that comes out on screen, print or cd, this little book will always be special to me, because it was the first book I read that he had penned. I was actually unsure at first, I'm kind of a book snob and really only read what is recommended to me by people I know and trust, and so at my daughter's insistence I read this, when she finally gave it to me as a Birthday gift.
It is sadly sweet, roll on the floor funny and beyond clever. The best part for me, was because I know he wrote it, it was his voice I could hear in my head narrating it. It was truly one of those books that you don't want to end, the characters so interesting and feelings so familiar you just want to stay tucked away in this safe little world. Sadly that is the one fault of this book, it's too short. But, that is also what makes it perfect.
There you go people, that is it exactly - this is the 'perfect read'. It's light and heavy at the same time, like whipping cream. I promise you full fat satisfaction, but with less calories. Eat up.
I really recommend seeing the film too - the actors are perfect for their roles and you will indeed walk away feeling very satisfied. The movie translates to film with 100% accuracy thanks to Steve.
Do read more of his work - brilliant.
This is my favourite new CD this year. More Martin perfection.
From the new album.