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Mindy AloffAt the outset, this memoir by Alan Arkin…promises to keep the focus on acting, and it does exactly that. You'll find more personal detail about the author in his Wikipedia entry than in this uncompromising, thoughtful and surprising book…The high security, so atypical of the contemporary memoir, seems at first a little tight-lipped. However, after a couple of chapters, a reader catches on: Arkin is bringing forward only those indiscretions and confessions that have a direct bearing on his interior progress as a performer…By the end he has made many aspects of acting interconnect: acting as product, as entertainment, as process, as a route to self-knowledge and even—for both actor and observer—as catharsis.
—The Washington Post