Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The problem with reading memoirs

I am nearing the end of a wonderful book that I have thoroughly enjoyed by Billy Crystal. It's called Still Foolin' Em and is basically his life story with so many wonderful details about all the movies, shows and moments that have made up his career.

The problem is, it's so well done, and so well written I feel like I'm one of the many 'smart, kind and caring' friends (a phrase he uses a lot) that have actually participated in this amazing life and career. The personal level of detail he shares is stunning.

Some of it is funny, some of it is sad, some of it I agree with and some of it I don't. Apparently Billy has a problem with pit bulls, so that's on my radar now and can never be unsaid.

But his passion for baseball is palpable and I was literally watching the Braves game last night like it was something new and different, all from listening to someone profess their love of  the game.

His love of his family and especially his wife is genuine and endearing and so lacking in the general Hollywood crowd that it's refreshing.

Not that I would ever have a run in with Mr Crystal, but if I did, I have this fear that I'd call out like we were old friends and say something like 'so how's the batting cage, still out hitting?' Or 'how's those grand babies?' As if I knew them.

If you're looking for a fun, easy read, it's extremely worthwhile.

1 comment:

  1. I love Billy Crystal and that looks like a good book! I know what you mean about feeling like you are friends with a famous person and they don't even know you exist! I've loved Paul McCartney my entire life and when I first went to one of his concerts, I was sad to see so many other people who loved him just as much as me! I felt cheap and insignificant. Ha ha.