steve martin. writer. banjo picker. from way back.

Yesterday I said something about the EU and someone actually asked, “What’s the EU?”


The woman was from California and that made me feel a little better. But not much.

There’s something seriously wrong with something, somewhere when you’re accused (and I was) of intellectual snobbery just because you can’t disguise the dumbfound when someone asks you a question like that. Shocking.

But not as shocking – okay, so maybe it is – as people not knowing that Steve Martin is a ridiculously talented writer and musician. I adore the man. I get ‘updates’ on a total of three authors. Steve Martin is one of them. I’m reading “Born Standing Up” in between headaches caused by 2666 and plan on putting Roxanne on repeat over the weekend. Because there’s no better cure for the things that ail us.

That is all.


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  • Kaia
    Apr 2, 2009 at 20:53

    It’s not snobbery – it’s being well read, and aware of what’s going on in the world. I don’t understand people who aren’t – I get the same thing. I was recently involved in a Warhol exhibit opening party – and was dumbfounded when one of the chairs kept saying she was being told the event had to have an industrial look/feel to it. I finally figured out that she had no idea what Warhol’s “Factory” was and was assuming it was an actual factory. Yikes.

  • Rick Lee
    Apr 6, 2009 at 19:49

    I got “Born Standing Up” on audiobook when it first came out. As one might expect, it’s kinda sad. There’s a story near the end about the return to Knott’s that made me cry a little bit.

  • Buffy
    Apr 6, 2009 at 20:03

    Rick, I’m notoriously slow when it comes to reading these days. It my defense, it’s because I never have fewer than four novels/books on the go at once. (I also have the full Faulkner collection on my iPod…makes for interesting workout music.) One of these days I’m going to learn to streamline, prioritise, and all that goodness. In the meantime, I’ll let you know how the return to Knott’s goes with me.

  • Rick Lee
    Apr 6, 2009 at 22:42

    I’m just a slow reader. I didn’t realize this until I took a test once and the results were something like “You’re dullardly slow”. Audiobooks help me get through stuff and also help me as I drive all over creation for work. I never let myself start another book until I’m finished with the one I’ve got going… unless I’m resigned to just quitting it.

  • Rick Lee
    Apr 6, 2009 at 22:44

    BTW… I got that “Classics” app for the iPhone and I just read Robinson Crusoe. Holy cow… this is over 300 years old and I was totally captivated.