An Improvised Life: A Memoir by Alan ArkinAn Improvised Life: A Memoir by Alan Arkin

An Improvised Life: A Memoir

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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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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Title:An Improvised Life: A MemoirFormat: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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Huffington Post, 3/21/11“[A] thoughtful look back at a long and distinguished careerFans and admirers of the Academy Award-winning star will enjoy An Improvised Life for the insight to be gained from this personal visit with an actor who proves to be quite deft with a pen. Those who share Arkin's interest in the acting life will find a great deal to like here, as well.”January, 3/21/11“[A] thoughtful look back at a long and distinguished careerFans and admirers of the Academy Award-winning star will enjoy An Improvised Life for the insight to be gained from this personal visit with an actor who proves to be quite deft with a pen. Those who share Arkin's interest in the acting life will find a great deal to like here, as well.” Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 3/24/11“This pleasure read does not require sitting with an encyclopedia or Google search open, simply an interest in the mind's workings of an icon in the arts.”Kingman Daily Miner, 3/25/11“A lot of food for thoughtHighly recommended.”Total Film, UK, May 2011“A readable look at how the young New Yorker found his way to Chicago's Second City improv troupe and made the most of the opportunities it opened up for him.”