However: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin review- charm, honesty and egotism
The actor and comic has been through a tough childhood, a chaotic breakup and an overdose and he has axes to grind
In the preamble to his memoir, the actor Alec Baldwin ranks with the reader. Im not actually writing this volume to discuss my work, my views or my life, he says. Im not writing it to justify some of the agonizing situations Ive either territory in or shed myself into. Im writing it because I was paid to write it.
This, says Baldwin, is his mercenary action at work, something that has navigated his decisions since childhood, when he was forced to take on adult responsibilities. At the age of 12 he realized that if he wanted coin, hed have to make it himself, and so he took enterprises soaking autoes and mowing lawns. A hunk of his earnings was just going his mother, who would be found announcing at the kitchen table after pillaging the money his sister Jane had obligated exchanging cookies as a Girl Scout. The 40 or 50 dollars she was short was, uncannily, the amount of money I had in my pocket at that moment, he withdraws. And whoosh, out it came, she took it , no more weepings. Baldwins primary motivator, though, was a desire to delight “his fathers”, a schoolteacher who was subdued at not being able to realise enough money to meet the needs of their own families, and craved his son to do better.
There is, naturally, a qualifier to Baldwins early testimony regarding this book. While he was initially tempted by a offer cheque, he soon succumbed to a are looking forward to share the truth, as well as my sorrow, about some of the incautious selections Ive made and subsequent serious difficulties Ive lived through in public Writing this journal presented me with hundreds of thousands of such alternatives and, thus, has been unpleasant and therapeutic. This readiness to dig deep, to peel back his insecurities and disclose the less flattering parts of his personality, is what establishes Nevertheless its instants of clarity and charm.