Conversations with Steve Martin by Robert E. Kapsis

By Robert E. Kapsis

Conversations with Steve Martin offers a set of interviews and profiles that concentrate on Martin as a author, artist, and unique philosopher over the process greater than 4 a long time in express company. whereas these much less conversant in his complete physique of labor might imagine of Martin as essentially the "wild and loopy man" with an arrow via his head, this publication makes the case that he's actually one in all our nation's so much complete and sundry artists. It exhibits the complete variety of Martin's artistic paintings, tracing the resource of his comedian mind's eye from his early standup days, beginning within the mid to overdue Nineteen Sixties during the motion pictures he has written and starred in, and emphasizing his more moderen artistic outpourings as playwright, essayist, novelist, memoirist, songwriter, composer, musician, and paintings critic.

"Standup is the toughest fabric on the earth to jot down for somebody else; it really is like attempting to condense 10 years of expertise into 20 mins of recent material.," Martin says.

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And that includes Steve Martin who recently had this to say about his current activities, “There is no master plan. [This stuff is] not what I always wanted to do. All this . . just came up. . Don’t expect anything because I might run out of gas. But I’m having fun” (Kennedy, 2012). As with all books in the Literary Conversations series, the interviews are presented in chronological order and unedited (typographical errors and the like have been silently corrected). The repetitions found here, such as Martin’s love of performing, writing, and collaborating with other gifted performers and writers, are compelling evidence of the recurring concerns that have preoccupied Steve Martin throughout his career.

Yes,” he says. ” He does not feel a part of any generation. “But I feel like we’re part of a new society, a changing society. We’re kicking the ’60s goodbye, and I’m enjoying that extremely. There’s a new formalism now, I think. In the late ’60s, it was a very informal period. You could say dirty words and insult people and it was okay to get up and dance at a movie. All that’s just fashion, not good or bad or anything, just the way things were for a while. Right now things are going back to formalism.

By the end of the decade Martin had also published the expanded version of his humor collection Cruel Shoes (1979) and released his first comedy album, Let’s Get Small, for which he won a Grammy. He also had recently played cameos in The Muppet Movie (1979) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978). And his short film, The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977), which he both wrote and starred in, had been nominated for an Oscar. Turning to a Career in Film (1979–1986): Martin’s first full-length feature film, The Jerk, which he co-wrote and also starred in, was released in 1979.

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