I’m sitting in the Phoenix airport during a very brief layover, as I head West to Nevada for a few days. I just had to pop online quickly (and the Phoenix airport is one of the only with free Wi-Fi) to say that if you are looking for a quick read during your holiday travels, I recommend Steve Martin’s new memoir, Born Standing Up. I read the new book, from start to finish, during my Austin to Arizona flight. It’s a slim 200ish pages, but also goes down really smooth. The best part? It’s pretty good, well-written, and insightful.
Die-hard Steve Martin fans should take note: it only covers his life from childhood to the period when The Jerk was released. That’s still plenty: paying dues to empty dive bars, working with the Smothers Brothers, impressing Johnny Carson, hosting Saturday Night Live, dinner parties at Dalton Trumbo’s house, chart-topping comedy records, panic attacks, selling out arenas, a strained parental relationship, problematic romance, and more. It’s way better than most celebrity memoirs, as Martin’s smarts keep the storytelling a page-turner. Check it out.