I recently finished listening to Steve Martin’s memoir of his stand-up comedy career, Born Standing Up. He narrates the audio book, and his reading of his own story gives it a richness and authenticity of tone that can certainly not be matched by the written word. This book has a surprising sweetness about it and is now a new favorite. I was too young to have fully gotten him when he rose to fame in the 1970’s, but the era he describes is familiarly nostalgic for me. I laughed out loud multiple times at his stories. He persevered through 14 years of relatively modest success before finally breaking through. He is a true craftsman who committed to making remarkable, original work. I think I’m going to listen to it all over again.

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