The Bassoon King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Sordid Tales from the Band Room

The Bassoon King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Sordid Tales from the Band Room

by Rainn Wilson


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Rainn Wilson’s memoir about growing up geeky and finally finding his place in comedy, faith, and life 
For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a bestselling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: “I'm not on Facebook” is the new “I don't even own a TV”) that now has more than four million followers.
Now, he's ready to tell his own story and explain how he came up with his incredibly unique sense of humor and perspective on life. He explains how he grew up “bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word.” The Bassoon King chronicles his journey from nerd to drama geek (“the highest rung on the vast, pimply ladder of high school losers”), his years of mild debauchery and struggles as a young actor in New York, his many adventures and insights about The Office, and finally, Wilson's achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually, reconnecting with the artistic and creative values of the Bahá’í faith he grew up in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451469434
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 72,914
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

RAINN WILSON is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office, though today he’s equally well-known for his millions of Twitter followers and the philosophy website he founded, SoulPancake, which launched a New York Times bestselling book of the same name.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dwight Kurt Schrute xi

Chapter 1 What Shall We Name Baby Fathead? 1

Chapter 2 The Worms of Nicaragua 13

Chapter 3 My Seventies Show 25

Compendium of Comic Sidekicks 37

Chapter 4 The Nerd of God 43

Chapter 5 The Bassoonist 57

Chapter 6 How Elvis Costello Made Me an Actor 69

The Greatest Albums of the Early Eighties (In No Particular Order) 82

Chapter 7 A Chorus Line Matinee 87

Chapter 8 The Only Living Boy in New York 105

Chapter 9 An Actor Repairs 115

Shitty Jobs 127

Chapter 10 The Face of God 145

Chapter 11 Volcano Love 161

Adventures in Theater 173

Chapter 12 I Bombed On Broadway 187

Chapter 13 Welcome to Los Angeles 203

Adventures in Film and Television 215

Chapter 14 Dwight K. Schrute, Assistant (to the) Regional Manager 229

Chapter 15 Almost Famous 2 245

Random Office Memories 258

Chapter 16 Soul Pancakes 265

Ten Things I Know For Sure 284

Bonus Chapter: The Last Werd on Nerds 293

Addendum: The Baha'i Faith 303

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