From celebrated character actor and uncommonly talented storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky, The Dangerous Animals Club is a series of stories that touch on life’s great mysteries with a cast of characters that include legendary film directors, physicists, ghosts, pygmy hippos, and hostage takers.The Dangerous Animals Club is a beguiling series of stories that woven together form the story of a man in the middle of his life reflecting on life’s many mysteries. Parents raise children and then pass on, a girlfriend embarks on a theatrical career with Stephen and then breaks his heart, animals—dangerous and docile—come and go, toes are smashed and necks break, and children are born. Small incidents are later revealed as momentous turning points. Woven through these tales are lessons in quantum physics, Jewish mysticism, and stagecraft. Told in a unique voice and with a spiritual inquisitiveness, these tales have charmed live audiences and podcast listeners—and will charm a whole new audience on the page.
The quintessential character actor, Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and more than 200 television shows in his career (USA TODAY recently noted that he was the ninth most frequently seen actor in film today). Along the way his roles have spanned almost all aspects of being a working actor, from the big-budget and Oscar Award-worthy (as head of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi Burning), to the cult phenomenon (Groundhog Day), to the buzzworthy (Glee). But despite a lifetime devotion to the craft of acting that also includes a classical theater training and a Tony Award nomination, you probably wouldn't recognize him if you saw him on the street. He lives in Los Angeles.
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More than 1 year ago
This man is an absolutely incredible storyteller. I first heard him on NPR, telling stories in his meandering way, with such amazing honesty and wonderful voice. I was spellbound. He's touching, funny, and perfectly human. He has an ability to weave a story and entertain in a way like nobody else I've ever encountered. I was a bit tentative about a written version, since I was afraid it would lose something important without his voice, but I found that while reading it, I was hearing it in his unique voice. He's made me laugh and tear up at the oddest things and makes me think about life in a different way. This really is the best kind of entertainment.
If you pick this up without having heard any of his recordings, I suggest you give at least one recording a try so you will be able to hear it in your head in his voice, too. :)
More than 1 year ago
Something about the short biographical stories Mr. Tobolowsky tells have me just rivetted. I'd heard most of these already on his podcast but sometimes you miss things when just listening. Reading these stories was refreshing and awesome all at once. I recommend this book and his podcast to everyone I speak to, even trying to work it into any conversation; no matter how random.
He has a way if looking at the world and relating that in such a way that when he is telling his point of view it never comes across as preachy. Its just the opinion and philosophy of someone who has lived a life and learned from every aspect of it. Now he is just passing it along for anyone who wants to hear it.
Buy it, read it, enjoy it. You will, trust me.