Sharing Steve :: New Stuff
Monday, October 22, 2007

Steve's getting publicity on his Alphabet Book
Steve Martin writes children's book
By HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press National Writer Mon Oct 22, 3:12 PM ET

NEW YORK - The trend seems as plain as the nose on your child's face, or an arrow through your head. There's Madonna, Billy Crystal and Jamie Lee Curtis. And Jerry Seinfeld. And John Lithgow. And Katie Couric.

All celebrities. All parents. All authors of children's books.

Now Steve Martin has written one.

But he doesn't have any children.

"I'm not sure why I did this. I don't know why an alphabet book popped into my head," Martin says of "The Alphabet From A to Y, With Bonus Letter Z," a collaboration with New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. "My idea was to write these rhyming couplets with the craziest images I could possibly think up, and then have Roz illustrate them."

The 62-year-old Martin, famous for his "wild and crazy" standup act in the 1970s, has turned increasingly to the page in recent years, writing plays, novels and humor pieces in The New Yorker, home to such literary wits (and children's authors) as E.B. White and James Thurber. A memoir comes out in November.

"From A to Y" is a nonsense ride across time and rhyme, with highlights including "H" ("Henrietta the hare wore a habit in heaven/Her hairdo hid hunchbacks: one hundred and seven") and "N" ("Needle-nosed Nigel won nine kinds of knockwurst/By winning a contest to see who could knock wurst").

Martin is a bookish man, but he wasn't thinking of any authors when writing "From A to Y." Not Thurber, White or Edward Lear. Not Dr. Seuss, whom he didn't read until his 20s. Maybe Ogden Nash.

"I did grow up on Ogden Nash," he says in a recent telephone interview, "but I'm not sure if that fits here."

Martin began working on "From A to Y" a couple of years ago. Like a good boy eating his vegetables first, he took on the hard letters, like "X" (if "Ambidextrous Alex was actually axed" counts as "X"), before digging in to such treats as "A" and "E."

Asked to name his favorite letter (an improvement over being asked his favorite color), Martin pauses.


"Gee," as in "giraffe"?

No, "Gee," as in "Gee, whiz."

"I always liked `Q.' ... It has that funny little do-dad at the bottom," he says, before remembering, a theme developing here, that his play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" includes a soliloquy by Albert Einstein on the alphabet, as it relates to pie.

"Einstein compared the letter "O" to a pie, and said that the letter "Q" was like an "O" with a comma and that comma-shaped pie looks like a croissant," Martin explains.

Flying Dolphin Press, an imprint of Random House, Inc., is releasing "From A to Y" with a first printing of 150,000, encouraging feedback from booksellers and a favorable review from Publishers Weekly, which predicted that "Adults (will) see two well-known artists at work, creating mind-bending tableaux, while children get a taste of original tongue-twisters."

Martin and Chast will make a few promotional appearances, including an interview on the "Today" show, but so far Martin hasn't tested out the book on any children. (Chast has a 20-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter, both a bit too old, or young.)

"I'm afraid," says the man who has wowed millions hosting "Saturday Night Live." He then notes that his current project, a sequel to the 2006 "Pink Panther" remake in which he reprises his role as Inspector Clouseau, has some children in it.

His big chance.

Or maybe not.

"I think one of them only speaks French."
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Steve Narrates the Hopper Exhibit

The National Gallery of Art has a major exhibit of Hopper paintings. Steve does the narration on the video and audio accompaniments to the exhibit. You can watch part of the video by clicking on the link
Saturday, October 13, 2007

Steve's Album Wins a Bluegrass Award
Vinage Vinyl News
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Bluegrass Award Winners

The 2007 International Bluegrass Awards were presented on Thursday night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Big winners on the night were the Grascals, who won Entertainer of the Year for the second straight year, while the Infamous Stringdusters and Tony Trischka (right) won for the most awards at three each.

Dale Ann Bradley won Female Vocalist of the Year, an award Rhonda Vincent had taken home for seven straight ceremonies. Vincent lead with eleven nominations but took home none.

The award winners (classic artists highlighted):

* Entertainer - Grascals
* Vocal Group - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
* Instrumental Group - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock
* Male Vocalist - Bradley Walker
* Female Vocalist - Dale Ann Bradley
* Song - Fork In The Road - The Infamous Stringdusters (artists), Chris Jones & John Pennell (songwriters)
* Album - Lefty’s Old Guitar - J.D. Crowe & The New South & Fork In The Road - The Infamous Stringdusters
* Recorded Event - Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular - Tony Trischka with Earl Scruggs, Kenny Ingram, Tom Adams, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Alison Brown, Scott Vestal, Steve Martin & Bill Emerson
* Instrumental Album - Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular - Tony Trischka
* Gospel Recorded Performance - He Lives In Me - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
* Emerging Artist - The Infamous Stringdusters
* Banjo - Tony Trischka
* Bass - Missy Raines
* Fiddle - Michael Cleveland
* Dobro - Rob Ickes
* Guitar - Tony Rice
* Mandolin - Sam Bush
Posted by Vintage Vinyl News at 2:39 AM

See Steve at the New Yorker Festival earlier this month

You can see the interview with Susan Morrison at the New Yorker festival at

You can also download it. It focusses on his new book about his standup life.

Powered by Blogger