Sunday, May 19, 2013

Books I Never Finished Reading

I just checked out Chris Elliott's The Guy Under The Sheets, his "unauthorized autobiography," but bailed halfway through. Not that it's worthless, but it just wasn't what I wanted.

I was hoping for something approaching the story of his life.  It could have been a fairly straight account, it could have been filled top to bottom with humorous stories.  Instead we get a highly fictionalized tale of Elliott's life, so fictionalized it might as well be a novel. For instance, instead of his father being Bob Elliott, of "Bob and Ray" fame, Chris claims it was Sam Elliott--and his mother Bette Davis.

The story follows in this vein, featuring only the vaguest outine of his career--from Letterman to Get A Life to Cabin Boy and so on--with almost all facts and quotes made up.  It's quite a stunt, in a way, to keep up for over 200 pages,  and the jokes aren't bad, but panning for the occasional nugget of real life wasn't worth it.

4 Comments:

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Anonymous Chris e said...

One day LAGuy you're going wake up in the zoo with the rest of the monkeys and I'll be out there watching, waiting -making your life a living hell!

9:23 AM, May 20, 2013  
Blogger LAGuy said...

See, now that's what I'd like to read about.

10:39 AM, May 20, 2013  
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