The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing by Gavin Edwards

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“Six people left in the world and one of them is Bill ******* Murray”, I just kept thinking about the scene in Zombieland with Murray and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). There is just something about Bill Murray that seeps through every character he plays, you want to laugh with him, even if he is laughing at you. Fan or not, this book of stories about him is delightful. “Even when he’s engaged in everyday activities, Bill seems suffused with mischief,…” I think there is certainly mischief there, and a bit of mystery. He plays a jerk beautifully, a reminder of the guy in class who could be a smart ass with whiplash inducing ease, the one you wanted to hate but secretly maybe crushed on or wanted to be. The moments he has with fans, strangers, co-stars certainly shows someone that likes to throw you off, even just to get a reaction out of you. Not all actors have an overflow of charisma, it’s the same for the average man- some people just have an extra spark- he is one of them. This book is not all laughs, there are relationships that soured, the story of him hiring a deaf woman… well, I have to admit it’s childish but clever too. For some of us, he’d probably be too much to handle- not everyone is the ‘invite yourself to the party’ sort but it’s marvelous on screen. The stories are contrary though as well, he seems to not want people to take themselves so seriously, and yet he himself can be difficult and serious. I am not sure what exactly I like about him having to be chased down for roles in movies, but it seems fitting. Acting aside, if stories and encounters can explain who the man is then these speak of a man who is witty, funny, a bit of a mystery, charming but more in how he draws attention to silliness, and maybe someone not easily defined. We never really intimately know celebrities, sometimes we barely know those closest to us, but through stories you can catch a glimpse of the way Bill Murray the man lives. There is just something infectious about him. I’ve been watching his films since I was a kid, and have a few personal favorites. Even at a young age I found him attractive, but couldn’t pin what it was until I got older. It is in the twinkle in his eyes, that he can have fun anywhere and he is enjoying something you just haven’t noticed, that he is having the time of his life and you should invite yourself in.
Fun read.

Random House Publishing Group- Random House

Publication Date: September 20, 2016


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