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Posted September 18, 2003
If you love thoroughly researched biographies and are a fan of comedic giants, this is a book you must, and I mean must, add to your library. It¿s absolutely enlightening and entertaining and you¿ll discover things about great comedians that you never even knew. It is an enormous research effort that analyzes the work and lives of 26 comedy super stars, including and not limited to legendary genius Lenny Bruce. A fantastic read. I really enjoyed it. Now, if you're looking for a few other amazing titles, look no further than these, Buckland's Hot List: most creative, The Butterfly: A Fable (Singh); most engaging, The Alchemist (Coelho); most interesting, Life of Pi (Martel); most enlightening, 9-11 (Chomsky); most thrilling, The Lovely Bones: A Novel (Sebold); and finally, the most creative, engaging, interesting, enlightening and thrilling book of all, The Little Prince (Saint-Exupery). These are the books I'd recommend to my family, friends, students, and wife. There are many more, trust me, but these are the first that come to mind (for having left an impact slight or proud as it may be). If you have any questions, queries, or comments, or maybe even a title you think I should add to my list, please feel free to e-mail me. I'm always open to a good recommendation. Thanks for reading my brief but hopefully helpful review. Happy reading. Donald S. Buckland.
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Posted July 8, 2003
46 honest pages to Lenny Bruce
Bladerdash! That's not a word Lenny Bruce would use to describe those who had complaints with 'Seriously Funny', but Gerald Nachman's book on Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s is the first honest writing on Lenny Bruce. Nachman, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended college at San Jose State, met some of these performers while writing a column in the Spartan Daily in the late 1950s to 1960. He attended SJS with the Smothers Brothers and was a professional writer visiting Enrico Banducci's 'hungry i' and the Blue Onion by the time Lenny Bruce was first busted by the SFPD at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco's North Beach. Nachman sprinkles bits from Bruce's routine thoughout the 46 pages of this sad story on the decline of Bruce. He also quotes various professional entertainers and writers on Bruce. Surpisingly they range from praise to disgust. I guess it has to do with when they first saw Lenny perform--before or after that October 1961 bust by the SFPD. Nachman notes that Bruce never blamed the cops who arrested him. 'He didn't call the cops pigs; he called them peace officers. He said they were just blue-collar guys trying to do a job.' One post-arrest line of Lenny's had me laughing out loud on the floor, but since I can't print it in its entirety, I'll just leave the page number. The bottom of page 417. I can hardly wait to read the other 20 chapters, but first I've got a deadline to meet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2013
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