An Improvised Life: A Memoir

Paperback | March 1, 2011

byAlan Arkin

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Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on stage or screen. In a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, Arkin reveals insights not only about himself (and his audience and students), but also truths for the rest of us about work, relationships, and sense of self.

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Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, an...

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin, who has starred and appeared in more than 80 films, is also a director, musician, and children's book author. Born in Manhattan, he currently lives in New Mexico.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030681966X

ISBN - 13:9780306819667

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Los Angeles Times, “Jacket Copy” Blog, 4/1/11“A charming little book that throws open the door to improvisational theater, inviting us all to engage in a little ‘make believe'An unassuming, self-effacing book.”WomanAroundTown.com, 3/29/11“Alan Arkin brings as much truth to his autobiography as he does to his work as an actor.” Reference and Research Book News, April 2011“Arkin takes readers along on a journey through his career and the discoveries he made about acting and life along the way.” New York Post, 5/29/11“It's hard to read [Arkin's] memoir without hearing his voice—gruff, semi-sarcastic but wise—in every sentence.”Times Literary Supplement (UK), 6/1/11“[Arkin] employs his anecdotal discoveries with elegance and his observations are sharp and unrelentingFor the layman there is an unflinching glimpse into the creative process. For the professional it confirms the simplest of rules: stick to the basics—to the truth of the moment.”Portland Book Review, June-August 2011