Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid, by Simon Pegg

Nerd Do Well:
A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid
Author: Simon Pegg
Publisher: Gotham
Publication Date: June 9, 2011
Now THIS is how you do a celebrity memoir! Simon Pegg may have been reluctant to pen a memoir (more on that in a minute) but he certainly rose to the occasion. It's a fully fleshed out (get it? like zombies?) account of his early days, his rise to fame, his famous (and less famous) projects, with just the right amount of personal details and lots of humour. AND A TONNE OF PHOTOS! Which, really, is all we ever wanted in the first place, isn't it? 

Plus he included an incredibly geeky fictionalized story of "Simon Pegg, Superhero" interspersed throughout the book. I mostly skimmed it. 

But back to his initial reluctance to write the book in the first place. Read this opening paragraph and just try not to picture about a million celebrity memoirs (*ahem* Mindy Kaling):

"It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me uneasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows of needy smiles, sad clowns and serious eyes, proclaiming faux-modest life stories, with tiles such as This is Me, or Why, Me?, or Me, Me, Me. ... And who cares anyway? ... There's something presumptuous in writing an autobiography, as if people's interest in your life is a given."

Well said, Simon Pegg. Well said.

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