I was in a conversation a few years ago with a friend, the painter Eric Fischl. We were comparing psychoanalysis with the making of art. I said, "Both require explorations of the subconscious, and in that way they are similar." He agreed, thought about it, then added, "But there is a fundamental difference between the two. In psychoanalysis, you retain a discovery; in art, once the thing is made, you let it go."
from Steve Martin's memoir
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
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The New York Times described Martin's book as:
"smart, serious, heartfelt and confessional without being maudlin"
This is a pretty good summation, but there observations that are meaningful because they're universal and not just about life as a performer. This is the real beauty of the book.
His interview on Morning Edition on NPR.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
at 7:50 AM