An Improvised Life

An Improvised Life

by Alan Arkin
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pkreadz More than 1 year ago
Alan Arkin has always intrigued me. Decades ago, his onscreen intensity was constant and often volatile. The intensity abides, but these days, it has a much more considered quality. I chalked it up to the kind of self-possession that comes with the knocks I imagined Arkin experienced. When I stumbled across his memoir, I figured hey, 224 pages, what have I got to lose? The book. is. wonderful. Starting with the cover photo, Arkin's genuine pleasure speaks volumes. He writes with such openness and generosity that I hated to put the book down. I read it a chapter or two at a time as much to absorb his wisdom as to prolong the experience. Arkin's insights on acting have given me a new perspective on the craft and a fuller appreciation of a successful performance. In turn, willing readers can take away useful life lessons. This is a terrific book by any standard.
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