After my prior posting of comments on books I intend to re-read again, I realized there were several others scattered throughout the house on various bookshelves I had forgotten to mention. So here’s a trio of books that are some of my “frequent flyers” on the re-read list: an autobiography, a novel and a non-fiction book.
After building his reputation romping silently through the Marx Brothers movies, Harpo Speaks! finally lets Harpo give voice to all his crazy adventures ranging from his first stage appearance (he peed his pants in fright) to the Mark family’s days of vaudeville to the exploits of the legendary Algonquin Round Table to becoming the first American artist to tour the Soviet Union, including a secret mission to smuggle certain papers out taped to his leg.
Learn how the Soviet Defense Minister managed to startle Harpo at their final meeting.
Okay, I already mentioned Malcolm Lowry in that earlier post about wanting to re-read his renowned masterpiece, Under the Volcano,
Another novel of his I have re-read several times is October Ferry to Gabriola, a tale of a young couple in love, Ethan and Jacquelyn Llewelyn, traveling across Canada by Greyhound bus towards their future, idyllic home on the island of Gabriola.
One scene in particular sticks in my mind where Ethan seeks to escape his troubles by going to the movies, only to see scenes eerily reminiscent of his own life and its ongoing problems.
Lowry’s ability to play hope against despair provides an emotionally rich — but wrenching — tale, evoking a palpable sense of hope against the odds as our lovers travel westward towards their dream, wondering if they will reach it.
Finally, as a trainer, I long ago became a presentation specialist, putting a lot of what I learned in writing and scriptwriting to work pumping up ho-hum presentations for myself and others.
One of the best little books I’ve ever run across about effective oral communication — the spoken word — is How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds by Milo O. Frank.
A Hollywood agent who became head of talent and casting for CBS Television, Frank shares several “secrets” to quickly make your point in quick-to-read chapters.
To prove his point, each chapter ends with a 30-second summary of what he’s discussed. So, if you’re in a hurry, you can breeze through his points in about 6 minutes!
Enjoy your reading and re-reading, folks.