By Robert E. Kapsis
Conversations with Steve Martin provides a suite of interviews and profiles that target Martin as a author, artist, and unique philosopher over the process greater than 4 many years in express enterprise. whereas these much less conversant in his complete physique of labor might imagine of Martin as basically the "wild and loopy man" with an arrow via his head, this booklet makes the case that he's actually one in every of our nation's such a lot finished and sundry artists. It exhibits the entire variety of Martin's artistic paintings, tracing the resource of his comedian mind's eye from his early standup days, beginning within the mid to past due Nineteen Sixties throughout the motion pictures he has written and starred in, and emphasizing his more moderen inventive outpourings as playwright, essayist, novelist, memoirist, songwriter, composer, musician, and artwork critic.
"Standup is the toughest fabric on the earth to jot down for somebody else; it is like attempting to condense 10 years of expertise into 20 mins of recent material.," Martin says.
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And he’ll open the season for the youth-seducing NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where his guest-host appearances helped put him over the top into the total consciousness of all humanity. He’s made it by defying the current; he doesn’t rip any jokes out of the headlines. “I’m just tired of topical humor,” he says. “I am consciously atopical. No. 1, topical is old hat, and No. 2, my act’s different. It’s personal. It’s about what happens in the moments you wake up, or the moments before you go to sleep, little personal private observations of the world in general.
54—dc23 [B] 2014009129 British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data available Works by Steve Martin Novels Shopgirl. New York: Hyperion, 2000. The Pleasure of My Company. New York: Hyperion, 2003. An Object of Beauty. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2010. Plays Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays [Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for the Floating Lady, WASP]. New York: Grove Press, 1996. The Underpants (adapted by Martin from a play by Carl Sternheim). New York: Hyperion, 2002.
The Richard Stayton interview from 1999 titled “Steve Martin: Writer” for Written By, the official magazine of the Writer’s Guild West, also focuses on Pure Drivel. Early in the interview, Stayton invites Martin to comment on the passage in the book’s introduction where he describes “taking three years off, vowing to do nothing . . ” Martin’s response was to point out that “If you really want to work, stop working. If I’d kept working at the pace and the motivation I was working at . . well, it was just dull.
Conversations with Steve Martin by Robert E. Kapsis