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The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy, by Rainn Wilson

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Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
The Bassoon King My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson

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For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a bestselling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: “I'm not on Facebook” is the new “I don't even own a TV”) that now has more than four million followers.

Now, he's ready to tell his own story and explain how he came up with his incredibly unique sense of humor and perspective on life. He explains how he grew up “bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word.” The Bassoon King chronicles his journey from nerd to drama geek (“the highest rung on the vast, pimply ladder of high school losers”), his years of mild debauchery and struggles as a young actor in New York, his many adventures and insights about The Office, and finally, Wilson's achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually, reconnecting with the artistic and creative values of the Bahá’í faith he grew up in.

I will be starting this soon for my 2016 Topic Discard Challenge, a book by someone famous for something other than writing. I LOVE Rainn Wilson! I loved him as Dwight Schrute on The Office, and I've followed his startup Soul Pancake since its infancy. He is a very inspirational man who is a lot more than just the goofy guy who plays a weirdo well, or can somehow tell a teenager her "ego is prego" without making it creepy. As much as I love his humorous side, I love seeing his serious and philosophical side even more. I am super excited to reading this and learning more about him, and maybe from him.

Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments I'm just starting the audiobook, which is read by Rainn. The foreword is by Dwight K. Schrute. Excuse me as I fangirl all over the place.

Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments I loved this book. It was very insightful to who Rainn Wilson is, and how he became the man he is. I enjoyed learning about how his career developed, the relationship he has with his parents, wife, and son, the shenanigans that took place on the set of The Office, and how Soul Pancake came to be.


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