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In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away. "Emmy and Grammy Award winner, author of the acclaimedNew York TimesbestsellersShopgirlandThe Pleasure of My Company, and a regular contributor toThe New Yorker, Martin has always been awriter. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written. At age ten Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times -- the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence ofThe Smothers Brothers Comedy Hourin the late sixties, and the transformative new voice ofSaturday Night Livein the seventies. Throughout the text, Martin has placed photographs, many never seen before. Born Standing Upis a superb testament to the sheer tenacity, focus, and daring of one of the greatest and most iconoclastic comedians of all time.
Autobiography by the 'wild and crazy guy' himself, how he was the biggest name in stand-up comedy in 1978, and how he walked away from it forever in 1981.
Follow up book to the extremely successful 30 DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER: COOL WAYS TO REMEMBER STUFF. More cool ways to remember stuff! From acronyms to rhyming lists, this book makes remembering facts a breeze. Full of spelling, punctuation, and grammar memory tips, ways to improve vocabulary, geography hints, and much more!
Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights--and, at times, the dark lows--of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.
Capaz de cautivar con naturalidad a las personas que la rodean, Lacey Yeager irrumpe en la escena artística neoyorquina como becaria lista y divertida de Sothebys. Con encanto, ambición y unas tácticas cuestionables y vagamente ilegales, pasa de catalogar pinturas en sótanos polvorientos a triunfar en el laberíntico y secretista mundo del arte. Su conocimiento acerca del arte, y especialmente de los coleccionistas de arte, crece rápidamente a medida que aumenta la lista de hombres que encandila y destruye sin remedio. Su trayectoria en las altas esferas de la vida social de la ciudad reflejará las vertiginosas alturas y, también, los profundos abismos que alcanzó el mundo del arte en los años noventa en Nueva York.«Un objeto de belleza es una historia del arte bajo la apariencia de una historia de amor.»Joyce Carol Oates«Este libro hace un trabajo maravillosamente nostálgico al capturar aquel ?Nueva York fresco y limpio? -y tan lleno de dinero fresco, jóvenes hermosos y promesas al estilo gran Gatsby- que facilita el ascenso de Lacey.»The New York Times
The tender portrayal of loneliness and love; a character's quest to reach out and engage the world; laugh-out-loud humor and language that is brilliantly inventive. But in the story of Daniel Pecan Cambridge and the people who inhabit the insular universe he is seeking to expand--if only one small square at a time. Steve Martin has achieved something extraordinary: the chronicle of a modern-day neurotic yearning to break free.
From a wildly imaginative meditation on who Lolita would be at age 50 to a skit entitled "I Love Loosely," in which Lucy and Ricky Ricardo play the parts of Hillary and President Clinton, this collection by comic genius Martin is both hilariously funny and intelligent in its skewering of the topic at hand.
One of our country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin is quickly becoming recognized as "a gorgeous writer capable of being at once melancholy and tart, achingly innocent and astonishingly ironic" (Elle).<P> A frequent contributor to both The New Yorker and The New York Times as well as the author of the New York Times bestseller Pure Drivel, Martin is once again poised to capture the attention of readers with his debut novella, a delightful depiction of life and love. <P> The shopgirl is Mirabelle, a beautiful aspiring artist who pays the rent by selling gloves at the Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus. She captures the attention of Ray Porter, a wealthy, lonely businessman. As Ray and Mirabelle tentatively embark on a relationship, they both struggle to decipher the language of love--with consequences that are both comic and heartbreaking. Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin incredible critical success, Shopgirl is a work of disarming tenderness.
With over 2.2 million followers (a number growing by the day), and a now famously uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with a maximum amount of humor and wit, Steve Martin has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today's world of social media. Martin's tweets have been covered by personal blogs, major news outlets, and everything in between, and this collection brings his funniest, most memorable messages--and hilarious responses from followers--together for avid followers and offline fans alike.
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