The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin

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With over 2.2 million followers (a number growing by the day), and a now famously uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with a maximum amount of humor and wit, Steve Martin has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today's world of social media. Martin's tweets have been covered by personal blogs, major news outlets, and everything in between, and this collection brings his funniest, most memorable messages—and hilarious responses from followers—together for avid followers...

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The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin

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Overview

With over 2.2 million followers (a number growing by the day), and a now famously uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with a maximum amount of humor and wit, Steve Martin has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today's world of social media. Martin's tweets have been covered by personal blogs, major news outlets, and everything in between, and this collection brings his funniest, most memorable messages—and hilarious responses from followers—together for avid followers and offline fans alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455512478
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 579,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Biography

"If Woody Allen is the archetypal East Coast neurotic, Steve Martin is the ultimate West Coast wacko," Maureen Orth wrote for Newsweek in 1977. At the time, Martin was a star on the standup comedy circuit, known for his nose glasses, bunny ears and sudden attacks of "happy feet." More than 20 years later, the idea that the two are counterparts still seems apt: Like Woody Allen, Steve Martin has gone from comedy writer and performer to scriptwriter, director, playwright and book author. But while Woody Allen's transformation from angst-ridden intellectual into Bergman-inspired auteur was something fans might have anticipated, who would have guessed that the wild and crazy guy with the arrow through his head harbored a passion for philosophy, art and literature?

Growing up in Orange County, California, Martin worked afternoons, weekends and summers at Disneyland, where he learned to do magic tricks, make balloon animals and perform vaudeville routines. By the time he was 18, he was performing at Knott's Berry Farm while attending junior college. He was a bright but unenthusiastic student until a girlfriend (and her loan of Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge) inspired him to transfer to Long Beach State and major in philosophy. There, he delved into metaphysics, semantics and logic before concluding that he was meant for the arts. He transferred again, to the theater department at UCLA, and started performing comedy in local clubs. Truth in art, he later said, "can't be measured. You don't have to explain why, or justify anything. If it works, it works. As a performer, non sequiturs make sense, nonsense is real." (Aha -- there was a philosophical impulse behind those bunny ears.)

After a string of successful T.V. comedy-writing gigs, Martin got back into performing, and a few years later, he was landing spots on "The Tonight Show" and guest-hosting "Saturday Night Live," where he performed his famous King Tut routine. His first album, Let's Get Small, won a Grammy and was the best-selling comedy album of 1977. His first book, Cruel Shoes, was a collection of comic vignettes with titles like "How to Fold Soup" and "The Vengeful Curtain Rod." And his starring role in The Jerk kicked off a highly successful film career that includes more than 20 hit movies, including Roxanne and L.A. Story, both of which Martin wrote and directed.

Early on, critics classed Steve Martin with comedians like Martin Mull and Chevy Chase -- goofy white guys whose slapstick comedy had no overt political message, though it might have a postmodern touch of self-critique. But Martin kept scaling the heights of absurdity until he'd reached an altitude all his own. Beginning in 1994, he took two years off from movie acting to concentrate on his writing. The result was Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a surreal comedy about Picasso and Einstein that won critical and popular acclaim: "More laughs, more fun and more delight than anything currently on the New York stage," raved The New York Observer.

Though Martin went back to the movies, he also kept on writing, turning out several more plays and a series of ingeniously demented essays for The New Yorker and The New York Times, many of which are collected in book form in Pure Drivel. Then, in 2000, he surprised readers with his bestselling book Shopgirl, a tender, insightful novella about a Neiman Marcus clerk and her two suitors. These days, Martin is recognized as a "gorgeous writer capable of being at once melancholy and tart, achingly innocent and astonishingly ironic" (Elle). He's also been tapped to host ceremonies for the prestigious National Book Awards. It seems the man who once defined comedy as "acting stupid so other people can laugh" is in fact one of the smartest guys ever to emerge from L.A.

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As a stand-up comedian on "The Tonight Show", Martin was demoted to guest-host nights for a while because Johnny Carson didn't think his act -- which could include reading from the phone book or telling jokes to four dogs onstage -- was funny.

After he became nationally famous as a comedian, Martin joked that his new wealth had allowed him to buy "some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks, got a fur sink ... let's see ... an electric dog-polisher, a gasoline-powered turtleneck sweater ... and of course I bought some dumb stuff, too." Actually, Martin is a serious art collector whose purchases include paintings and drawings by Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and David Hockney.

Martin's marriage to the actress Victoria Tennant ended in 1994. But it was his subsequent breakup with actress Anne Heche that really broke his heart, he hinted in an Esquire interview. "I spent about a year recovering, and searching out myself and asking why things happened the way they did. I wrote a play about it, Patter for the Floating Lady. Oh, I shouldn't have told you that. I should have said I made it up."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Stephen Martin (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Beverly Hills, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 14, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waco, Texas
    1. Education:
      Long Beach State College; University of California, Los Angeles
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    funny, but not worth it

    The tweets in this book are funny, of course--it's Steve Martin. He's a genius. But this book is a blatant cash-in. It will provide 20 minutes of amusement you could have gotten for free by following Martin on Twitter. It might be okay as a gift for an unwired friend.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    WOW!! This book saved my Marriage!

    My marriage bed was unstable. But simply placing a copy of "Make That Ten" underneath the short leg fixed everything!

    Thanks Steve!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    I'm sure he has written better than this!

    Saw Steve Martin on Good Morning America discussing this book based on tweets. Out of the approximately 59 pages, I think I laughed twice. I have always thought his quick wittedness was endless. This book stopped my thought. I will read sampler pages before investing in any further of his works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    cute but not worth the money

    It would have been cheaper to just follow Steve Martin on Twitter. I feel like a fool for buying that book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Awfully disappointed in brevity of book. Got a few laughs.

    Awfully disappointed in brevity of book. Got a few laughs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    LOL @Barnes&Noble

    This book is too funny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Very funny

    This book was very interesting for me. It's a quick read. I could not put it down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    A good morning coffee primer to start your day right and put a smile on your face

    Steve Martin gets it right. He uses todays computer communication lingo and reveals the absurdity of it all!

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Funny!

    It's as if you are sitting down with a cup of coffee and Steve Martin in your kitchen! Worth the buy!

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    His usual sense of humor

    I thought it entertaining but it wasn't what I thought it would be. Just a bunch of tweets from his and other's phones? I did laugh, and find it comical, however. And interesting to know how the stars think. The funniest part was how he referred to his wife. I recommended my friend read it.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Very, very Steve Martin! Bunny

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Steve Martin at his best!

    Not only is it funny, you feel like he is reading it to you. Personable and delightful. He talks about getting tweets back and running to his wife to show her. It was easy to imagine him doing that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Ten Bucks For 54 Pages

    Really?

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