This is one of the most insightful books I've ever read about the balancing act of being an artist. (Any kind of artist, although in this case the focThis is one of the most insightful books I've ever read about the balancing act of being an artist. (Any kind of artist, although in this case the focus is on music.) There is a cost to staying true to one's artistic integrity, and sometimes that cost is success, relationships, or even happiness. At times you have to wonder if it's worth it.
"The Frontman" captures this beautifully, walking the fine line of being poignant but not depressing. The characters (and their dialogue) are realistic, and their inner thoughts are concise and insightful throughout the entire story. My feelings for them evolved over the course of the story as I identified with them more and more, truly caring how things would turn out for each of them. There's an honesty here that not every book contains. It's well worth your time....more
Three short stories by Michael Connelly, all of them good, all of them engaging. A quick, satisfying read. It's also kind of cool to see what Det. BosThree short stories by Michael Connelly, all of them good, all of them engaging. A quick, satisfying read. It's also kind of cool to see what Det. Bosch gets up to in between the adventures of the full-length novels; you know he works tons of cases each year and we normally only read about one of them....more
Surprisingly positive and empowering, this book still contains Robert Greene's trademark ruthlessness. (You won't see Tony Robbins using the example oSurprisingly positive and empowering, this book still contains Robert Greene's trademark ruthlessness. (You won't see Tony Robbins using the example of 50 Cent slashing a would-be hitman's face with a razor anytime soon.)
It contains so much down-and-dirty practical advice, I found myself highlighting most of the text. Greene has stripped the wording to its bare minimum, making it a quicker read than his other books. While he still cites historical examples from time to time, most are contemporary, a noticeable change of pace from his other works.
The final chapter on the philosophy of death is particularly absorbing -- in both a good way and a bad way....more
I'm a big fan of Adam's, and I've heard nearly everything he's said, from Loveline to his morning radio show to his podcast. Ironically, however, I thI'm a big fan of Adam's, and I've heard nearly everything he's said, from Loveline to his morning radio show to his podcast. Ironically, however, I think I would have enjoyed this book even more if I were new to his world. It's funny and well-written, but because I'm such an avid listener, I've heard all this material before. I'm happy to buy the book and support Adam, but I was already familiar with each of these riffs....more
Oddly enough, I think the third book of this Tucker Max trilogy is my favorite! While the first book ("I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell") has my all-timOddly enough, I think the third book of this Tucker Max trilogy is my favorite! While the first book ("I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell") has my all-time favorite story (which is him running through a Best Western Hotel lobby, crapping himself) and was my introduction to the Tucker Max phenomenon, this one had more self-awareness than ever, and a poignant ending. (Surprisingly.)
SlingBlade was funnier than ever in these stories. In fact, this is the first of Tucker's books where I felt like I got to know his supporting cast. He offers more insight into their personalities and history, which rounds them out and makes their dialogue come alive. Tucker also offers more insight into his own life and psychology than before, and by book number three I think we are all curious as to what makes a guy like this tick.
I was shocked by the news of Tucker's "retirement" from debauchery at the end of the book, but there were hints of it coming in the second installment. (He mentioned one or two actual relationships, plus a desire to settle down and start a family one day.) Now, at the end of this book, not only does Tucker resign from the fratire genre he spawned, but SlingBlade, perhaps the most bitter and resentful of the group, finds happiness and seems to resolve his issues.
I'm glad the guys are maturing -- it would get depressing if they refused to let go of this lifestyle forever, and in a way I can't even say I'll "miss" these stories. There are three whole books I can re-read any time, and there's no need to keep adding to them.
But enough about that. There are enough laugh-out-loud and jaw-dropping moments in this book to keep you up reading late at night. Tucker's lived a wild life, and it's fun to go along for the ride!...more
This book started out a little choppy but quickly became engrossing. I've had an interest in Cary Grant ever since I saw him in the comedy "Arsenic anThis book started out a little choppy but quickly became engrossing. I've had an interest in Cary Grant ever since I saw him in the comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" as a kid. From the outside he appeared to have it all -- talent, sophistication, popularity, and money. But to be in a relationship with him was apparently a completely different thing.
I had previously read Maureen Donaldson's "An Affair to Remember: My Life With Cary Grant," in which she mentions Dyan Cannon a couple times. (Donaldson dated Grant a few years after his divorce with Cannon.) She made it clear that Cannon had been a very important part of Grant's life (and was the mother of his only child), so when I saw that Cannon had finally written a book about the experience, I snapped it up.
Although the writing is a bit light and fluffy for my taste at times, Cannon does a good job of taking us along for the ride as Grant courts her and ultimately marries her. But this is where the story takes a turn for the dark. Grant made it clear to her from the beginning that he had been married three times before and did not feel like he had another marriage in him. This, combined with the way he finally proposes to her, gave me the impression that he did not want to be married -- he simply did not want to lose her. Their marriage was doomed from the start.
I will not spoil what happens next; suffice it to say that I became completely engrossed as the rest of the tale unspooled, and found myself living inside Cannon's head with her thoughts and feelings. She gives us a complete understanding as to why she would want (or NEED) to divorce one of the most desired men in the world.
We are definitely only getting one side of the story here, but Cannon writes about Grant with love and compassion despite their hardships. There's no libel or gossip here, just the telling of one of the most pivotal and impactful periods in her life.
Ultimately, I found this to be a very tragic series of events. These two people really could have had it all, but in my opinion it was Cary's dark side that prevented him from staying in most of his relationships for very long. Given all his accomplishments, I wish he could have been as happy as people thought he was....more
Chapter 23 was perhaps my favorite, and what I find to be the most true:
-- Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
Everybody is too busy with their own livesChapter 23 was perhaps my favorite, and what I find to be the most true:
-- Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
Everybody is too busy with their own lives to give a damn about your book, painting, screenplay, etc., especially if you haven’t finished it yet. And the ones who aren’t too busy you don’t want in your life anyway.
Making a big deal over your creative shtick to other people is the kiss of death. That’s all I have to say on the subject. --...more
Enjoyed this one thoroughly! One of the best Lincoln Lawyer novels. It's so interesting to see the inner workings and secret strategies of lawyers. ItEnjoyed this one thoroughly! One of the best Lincoln Lawyer novels. It's so interesting to see the inner workings and secret strategies of lawyers. It's like a chess match. Plus, the story was timely and well-told to boot!...more
Hilarious! This book focuses more on the industry of Hollywood than the craft of writing, which may be what I found most useful about it. I love writiHilarious! This book focuses more on the industry of Hollywood than the craft of writing, which may be what I found most useful about it. I love writing, but I need a pep talk from time to time when it comes to navigating this business.
The writers unapologetically place profits above art (which is the opposite of my mentality at this time), but they made me laugh out loud many times...especially when retelling the story about their lunch with Jackie Chan.
In Hollywood, writing IS a business, not an art form, and it helps to be reminded of that, especially when your inclination is to take things personally and try to do personal, heartfelt work, which will only lead to personal and professional misery....more