Friday, March 30, 2012

BC2012: Blown Sideways Through Life by Claudia Shear

Shear's book, based on her one-woman show, recounts some of the 65(!) jobs she has held. The most unusual and entertaining is a stint as a whorehouse receptionist. I bought this last fall at Half Price Books when I was on a memoir kick. It only took three hours to read, perfect for an extended brunch on a Saturday afternoon.

Sometimes a sentence or phrase in a book stands out as something brilliant that I had never before considered. Here's Shear's moment of glory:
The fucked-up romance of watching TV shows about hospitals when no one really wants to be in one.
Damn. St. Elsewhere, General Hospital, ER, House, and even M*A*S*H. These are some of the most popular and longest-running shows on television, and yet nobody likes being in a hospital for any reason (maybe excepting doctors and nurses).

2 comments:

NANCY LEE KELLY said...

OKAY GUY'S,,, YOU GOT TO HEAR THIS!

HEAR I'M IN A LITTLE BABY CLASS

ACTING 101.. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO

PICK A MONOLOGUE... I PICKED MIND,

"BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE" BY

CLAUDIA SHEAR..

WELL HERE I'M ON THE STAGE ..

FLOWING PRETTY GOOD, I GET TO THE

NEXT LINE.. BUT YOU KNOW HOW YOU

KINDA OF LOOK ADVANCE TO THE NEXT

LINE.. WELL THE SENTENCE FLASHED

RED, WHITE AND BLUE AND BLACK AND

BLUE AND MY EMOTIONS OF YELLOW..

SAID... WELL ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE

ENOUGH GUTS TO SAY IT AND CALL

SELF A PROFESSIONAL ACTRESS ARE YOU

GOING TO CHICKEN OUT... WELL I

SLUNG DOWN IN MY CHAIR... LOOKED UP
TO HEAVEN SAID IT AND BOOM ALL WAS
DONE... ALL I KNOW IS WHEN I REHEARSE THIS MONOLOGE I DO NOT TAKE GODS GOOD GRACE FOR GRANTED FOR I DO NOT WANT THIS WORD AS
JUST ANOTHER EVERYDAY WORD TO GET
BACK IN MANIFESTATION LIKE PUS IN
MY STOMACH AGAIN...

NEVERTHELESS WHEN I REHEARSE I SAY
"MOTHER FURY." HAHAHAH

NOT ONLY THAT MY DRESS REHEARSAL
I THINK THE LOOK WELL BE GREAT
I'M GOING TO WEAR A PINK WIG TO
GO WITH THE PINK DOUGHNUTS AND
SPRINKLE MY EYES WITH WITH PINK
SPRINKLES... WELL THAT'S JUST WHO
I'M AND WHAT I STAND FOR I HAD
TO SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL!

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING,
NANCY LEE KELLY/SAG/AFTRA

http://www.ourstage.com/epk/nancyleekellyfreddean

NANCY LEE KELLY said...

P.S. I KNOW IT'S NOT NICE TO
SEND SOMETHING NOT CORRECTED
OR EDITED...