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I am pretty open-minded, and though I don't seek it out, I am willing to deal with raunchy details in an overall good story, but Alan sank to a level in a few chapters that just felt repulsive to me. I simply skipped the chapters, but I felt irritated and embarrassed like I had stumbled in on someone in the bathroom through no fault of my own, but because they didn't lock the door AND they don't care if you come right in.
I still enjoyed the book overall, and I still like Alan Cumming, but man, I wish he were better at privacy locks! Jun 09, Andrea P rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really liked it but it was not as good as his first book.
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Fun anecdotes but I enjoyed learning about his early years more. This one was kind of all over the place. I enjoyed the photos, a lot of them were weird but props to him for sharing them all! Love listening to him talk anyway! Read during Dewey's Hour Readathon - July. Selfies with his dog. Pictures of his Crocs. This book is awesome. Oct 05, Corielle Hayley rated it it was ok Shelves: It was raw and honest and heartbreaking.
He tries to show some of that same emotion in You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, but this one just did not do it for me. Cumming apparently really enjoys photography, and even has a traveling show. He's a very talented man, no doubt -- his acting, his singing, his general wonderfulness. But his photography seems very amateurish. I say this with absolutely no ability to take artistic photographs on my own I loved Alan Cumming's autobiography, Not My Father's Son.
I say this with absolutely no ability to take artistic photographs on my own, so take my criticism with a grain of salt. Some of the stories, particularly about celebrity encounters and his beloved dog, were very enjoyable. But his style of photograph leans towards the blurry, with the subjects falling out of the frame, and I got tired of it pretty quickly. The Oprah encounter, which inspired the title, was definitely worth reading, though. Jun 20, Sylvie rated it did not like it.
It's from European born and bred, self-proclaimed lefty Alan Cumming. I've stopped at the midway point in the book to say I'm crestfallen. In the late s my friend Deborah was dating David Bowie and one day I was over at her house and Bowie was due at any moment. I left before he arrived for the precise reason that I liked him too much; the "him" that I felt from his music and films and I didn't want the v " I left before he arrived for the precise reason that I liked him too much; the "him" that I felt from his music and films and I didn't want the veil to be lifted.
Before reading You Gotta get Bigger Dreams if I had known before getting the book that the title refers to an Oprah quote it would've been the first red flag I adored what I knew of Alan. I don't know if I'll be able to put the veil back.
I'll begrudgingly finish the book and weigh in again. I challenged myself to finish the book. More dog, fewer celebrities, please. I am not impressed, in the least.
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The idol worship throughout is mind-numbing. Oct 17, SmartBitches rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was delightful, funny, and very kind, and the book is the same. Also there are many doggie pictures! Sep 15, Maggie Tumenbatur rated it it was amazing. And audible version of this book is pure delight Just made my day. Jul 24, Kelly rated it really liked it. Not just the shoes themselves, but more the way, somehow, society has deemed it okay for everyone to think, and then voice openly, that they are ugly.
I suppose I worry about the sheeplike following of any belief. Religion and politics, to name but two, are topics to which people have fierce allegiances that they will unflinchingly defend, yet often these don't stand up to much scrutiny, if indeed much scrutiny is ever entertained. Crocs are much the same.
You need only "I am fascinated by Crocs. You need only drop the very name in some quarters and people will spew virulent hatred. I find it frightening. I think it's a form of fascism. We all feel comfortable in our collective hatred of the other. But in this case it's about colorful rubber shoes. It reminded me of so many other ways the right are better at branding than we are. And we're supposed to be the arty clever ones who trick people with our insidious messages! Frankly, I don't think gay people should be so keen to ape a tradition that is so unsuccessful on a pandemic scale.
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But, what I do think is important is that gay people be able to register their relationships legally and get the same rights and benefits and for their families and partners that straight people do. And while we're doing that, we may as well have a great big party, so let's call it a marriage and shut up, okay? If you ever think of running a marathon, go to the finishing line of one and just watch the array of battered humanity that struggles across your vision. It will be seared into your mind forever. And you will never want to entertain something so stupid again. I saw people collapsing, vomiting, pooping, crawling, all to the cheers and encouragement of their lunatic friends and family.
I felt as though I was at a cult meeting and I was the only one who was not a member. Not that that's really a big deal, because let's face it, they are not a great achievement in the grand scheme of things and all I was doing was turning a camera and eventually a phone around so that the lens faced me and whoever else was in the picture, rather than pointing it out to the world and that does not require a degree in brain surgery, but I was having to accurately self-frame long before the selfie button was around.
Mar 25, Mark rated it really liked it. I absolutely adore Alan Cumming - as an actor, a professional, and an all-around fun guy. He truly lives up to his reputation as a spritely character - and though I am not half the let-it-go character he can be at times, I feel a slight kinship with him. His touching, poignant memoir, "Not My Father's Son" somewhat rocked my reading world a few years ago, and I had no idea in that he had released this fun book of essays, accompanied by his own personal snapshots, until I stumbled upon it in I absolutely adore Alan Cumming - as an actor, a professional, and an all-around fun guy.
His touching, poignant memoir, "Not My Father's Son" somewhat rocked my reading world a few years ago, and I had no idea in that he had released this fun book of essays, accompanied by his own personal snapshots, until I stumbled upon it in the New Books in the local library. My current Reading Challenge lists 'a book with pictures' as one of the books to read, and I knew I would be foolish to pass this one up. It is important to note upfront that, though the subtitle of the book is "My Life in Stories and Pictures", this book isn't a biography following a linear life line.
Instead, Cumming pairs his amateur - but some of them engrossing -photos with very whimsical, often touching, anecdotes and observances on life, love, and relationships. I particularly loved reading and looking at the pictures of his trip across America with his beloved dog Honey, and my heart broke when, chapters later, he posted yet another sweet photo of Honey and talked about her passing.
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His entire chapter on selfies - and his adamant standpoint that he has been doing selfies long before they became fashionable, young ones - is wonderful and hilarious. And the origin story of the title - "You Gotta Get Better Dreams" - in which he takes a close friend and Oprah fanatic to a dinner honoring her, then proceeds to deal with this same friend making every frenzied attempt to get a photo with her, is too funny. It felt like spending an afternoon with a cherished, funny friend.
Indeed, with each book I read of his, the more I humbly wish I were able to meet him and chat with him. I can only wish that I had thought to get out the audio version of this book along with the book - I can only imagine how fun and fascinating the experience would be. I may have to revisit this book and do so in the future. I'm not really sure what to say about this book. Let's start with the good. I'm a big fan of Alan Cumming. If you've ever seen him interviewed, you'll know he's charming and decadent and impish, and he loves a good time. He's also a natural story-teller.
And my god, the stories he can tell.
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Most involve him being cheeky, and getting away with it. As far as that goes, the book succeeds. Cumming's exploits I'm not really sure what to say about this book. Cumming's exploits - the way he takes the piss out of all that's sacred and venerates pleasure - are deeply satisfying. But do they deserve an entire book? The short answer is no. This is less a memoir than a collection of anecdotes thrown together as they occurred to the author.
An as entertaining as those anecdotes are, as beguiling as Cumming is, neither necessitates a book. There's no through line, no cohesion, no intention - just a lot of fun. So is it worth reading? But if you're looking for a memoir, there are lots out there. Drop me a line, if you're interested in recommendations - I've got several. Jun 19, Lynnie rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't remember who suggested this book to me, but I'm glad they did.
It's an interesting glimpse into the life of Alan Cumming who is remarkably self-aware about how absurd is life is sometimes as a celebrity. Telling the stories behind some of his personal photos or sometimes just sharing the photo to share it is much more entertaining than I expected, particularly because the photos are generally not of the "everyone-put-your-arms-around-each-other-and-smile" variety; rather they are photo I don't remember who suggested this book to me, but I'm glad they did.
Telling the stories behind some of his personal photos or sometimes just sharing the photo to share it is much more entertaining than I expected, particularly because the photos are generally not of the "everyone-put-your-arms-around-each-other-and-smile" variety; rather they are photos of body parts, everyday scenes, and all out party photos.
You won't learn anything but you will be endlessly entertained. I wasn't sure how well an audio version of a book about photographs would go over, but I needn't have worried. Mostly it's Cumming telling the stories behind the photos, and you don't even have to see the photos themselves at all to get what he's talking about although I did reference the PDF of them that came with the audio several times just to make sure I wasn't missing out.
For some reason I didn't love Not My Father's Son as much as I wanted or expected to, but I was glad to have the cont I wasn't sure how well an audio version of a book about photographs would go over, but I needn't have worried. For some reason I didn't love Not My Father's Son as much as I wanted or expected to, but I was glad to have the context for the mentions of his childhood in this one, and I found Cumming super hilarious and relatable and this book made me laugh a lot.
I definitely don't think I've at any point in my life been even remotely capable of keeping up with Cumming in a partying sense, but I think I'd have a lot of fun hanging out with him for like, a couple of hours in the early evening at some sort of boring event. And I fully applaud his owning his love of Crocs and his being a great dog daddy and his amazingly named beauty products the soap is my fave! Anyway, I enjoyed this one a lot, and if you're an Alan Cumming fan, you most likely will too.
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