By Robert E. Kapsis
Conversations with Steve Martin offers a set of interviews and profiles that target Martin as a author, artist, and unique philosopher over the process greater than 4 many years in exhibit company. whereas these much less conversant in his complete physique of labor might imagine of Martin as essentially the "wild and loopy man" with an arrow via his head, this e-book makes the case that he's actually one in all our nation's so much comprehensive and sundry artists. It exhibits the total 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 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 planet to write 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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He had taken the earlier manuscript to the director of a small press (“The Press of the Pegacycle Lady”) who also ran an antiquarian bookstore in the Los Angeles area, which Martin frequented. “We only published 750 copies,” says Martin. “I gave away many to friends. ” The interview ends with Martin declaring, “I like to write. It’s my best asset. I write 95% of my own material” (Lawson, New York Times, 1979). In many of the interviews that make up this volume, Martin will remind the reader of this fact.
Payne, respectively (see “Steve Martin’s Wild and Crazy Alphabet Book,” All Things Considered, 2007 and “Steve Martin Plus Kids: A Winning Combination,” ABC Video, 2010; not included here). And in 2012, he produced a collection of materials adapted from his Twitter feed, which, reportedly, at that time had attracted nearly a half million followers (see Montagne, All Things Considered, 2012). Also in 2012 he released The Television Stuff, a three-DVD set of his TV appearances spanning five decades and based on materials mostly scripted by Martin himself.
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.