Which do you prefer? Biographies written about someone? Or Autobiographies written by the actual person (and/or ghost-writer)?
It depends upon the person in question. When it comes to historical figures, I prefer a biography, especially one that puts them in their historical context. I like seeing how much someone was a product of their times or a rebel against their times. Thus, I’d rather read a biography of Voltaire rather than the autobiography he produced.
When it comes to actors and other artists I admire, though, I prefer their autobiography. I recently finished William Shatner’s latest autobiography, Up Till Now, which I quite enjoyed. Since I already live in their historical context, I’d rather hear their story from their own perspective. Artists tend to have very strong points of view, and that’s part of the reason I’m reading their autobiography, isn’t it?
Up Till Now
by William Shatner (with David Fisher)
I have always been vaguely aware of William Shatner, even before I realized he had played Captain Kirk. (Truthfully, I haven’t been much of a Trekkie until lately.) He popped up on television occasionally, and I knew that he worked on Boston Legal. It wasn’t until he released Has Been with Ben Folds that I really started taking notice of Shatner. This led to watching episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series and flipping out when he showed up at a Leonard Nimoy panel at Dragon*Con this year. (Let’s be honest- I was just one nerd among many when that happened.) I just love to hear him tell stories. He’s a wonderfully funny teller of tales, so I picked up this book to hear his own.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
There is one extremely well-known phrase that I definitely decided I would not use to begin this book:
“Beam me up, Scotty.”
In fact, I am determined that this phrase will not appear anywhere in this book.
pg. 4 of Up Till Now, by William Shatner (with David Fisher)
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