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Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
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Jun 30, 10

bookshelves: biography, non-fiction, read-in-2010
Read in June, 2010

One might wonder how a celebrity's autobiography could hit too close to home to be a comfortable read, but Stephen Fry does, perhaps, too well here exploring the vagaries and mortifications of adolescence. Of course, I was never gay at a boys' public school in Britain in the sixties. Yet the emotions Fry explores here I think must be common: the feeling that everyone else is normal, that they "fit" while you yourself are other; the pressing weight of one's own "potential"; and that petrifying fear of failing at the root of every failure.

Who knew that in addition to being one of my all time favorite actors, Stephen Fry is the voice of the misfits of the middle class?

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