I’ve really been getting into autobiographies and memoirs, lately. I’ve read a few in hopes of learning a little more about the industries I want to enter and those who went before me, but what I found was most important in these books was each person’s story, understanding that everything is contextual, and that your and my individual journeys are going to have to be figured out by ourselves. If anything, these stories should inspire you to take agency over your own story.
That being said, here are some of the good ones I’ve ready lately. I’d recommend all of them:
- Last Words – by George Carlin and Tony Hendra
- And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft – by Mike Sacks
- On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft – Stephen King
- Born Standing Up – Steve Martin
- The Elephant to Hollywood – Michael Caine
- Acting in Film – also Michael Caine
All very good, very fun, and filled with touching personal stories about the elated highs and battlefield lows of a career artist. “One can have, it turns out, an affection for the war years,” as Steve Martin puts it.