June 19, 2008

Funny Farley

I zipped through the rest of the new authorized Chris Farley bio this afternoon. I'm just very impressed with the quantity and quality of the interview work. So many perspectives, great selections of quotes, and enough variety to make you feel close to the movies and skits.

There are quotes that preface each chapter and a handful of explanatory third-person narrator pieces, but mostly it's just interview snippet after snippet. It's one of many ways of writing biography.

June 18, 2008

Surely You're Joking

Two of the most important influences on my style and biographical study are great books but not biographies:

Surely You Must Be Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman (genius mathematician and physicist and humorist)

All To Human: A Political Education by George Stephanopoulos (journalist and former Clinton strategist)

I'm also getting inspiration from the new biography on Chris Farley, which cleverly pulls from countless testimonials from childhood friends. It's a slice of life.

June 16, 2008

Walkin' Lake Eola

No trek across Florida would be complete without a nod to the City Beautiful--Orlando.