At press time, Jonathan Goldsmith’s memoir Stay Interesting: I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, But When I Do They’re True and Amazing owns the #1, #2 and #5 spots on Amazon’s Men’s Gender Studies bestsellers list. The former Dos Equis pitchman’s Bronx-to-Hollywood life story was released June 13 and the author has been, in this summer beer-drinking season, actively promoting its arrival.
The funniest negative review belongs to Buffalo News contributor Kenneth Young. Heading into the holiday weekend, he warned female readers that the book is â€˜unabashedly chauvinistic:â€™
And there were the less than romantic encounters, the initiation with a prostitute, the Borscht Belt beddings of colleagues as a teen and, in a frenzy of braggadocio, this incredible passage:
I had a lovely dalliance with Jack Warner’s much younger girlfriend, and with one of Groucho Marxâ€™s wives. Two congressmenâ€™s wives (both Republican), six vegetarians, nine Buddhists, eighteen nurses, sixteen teachers, eleven subs, countless receptionists â€¦ and one runner-up Miss Florida, as well as many extras, thirteen players and one Academy Award winner.â€™ (I was waiting for â€˜and a partridge in a pear tree.â€™)
For Dwarf and Giant, the blog of downtown Los Angeles literary shrine The Last Bookstore, editor and writer in chief Eric Larkin took a bold stylistic gamble ahead of Goldsmithâ€™s book signing there June 23. He peppers his teaser interview with a series of italicized and imagined adventurous interludes, starting with this one:
I find myself with a parachute at the open doorway of a DC-29 at 12,000 feet. My bowels have given me an ultimatum (â€œSit down or we let goâ€�), but I have no choice. Goldsmith lit his cigar and jumped about 10 seconds ago, and if I want to talk to him, I have to follow. Now.
I catch up to him with a laser-like freefall (mostly because I couldnâ€™t find my parachute pull cord, mostly because my eyes were closed, with tears), and shout my questions into his ear.
Finally, Business Insider, which has in the past done leading-edge video coverage of Goldsmith, checked back in with another in connection with the book and Goldsmithâ€™s new campaign for Astral Tequila. The video is fluff, but the YouTube comments remind of the power of the Dos Equis campaignâ€™s punchline, channeled of course by Goldsmith for theÂ memoir title:
Tyler Winkle: I donâ€™t always watch 1 minute YouTube videos, but when I do I need to see a 30-second commercial in front of it.
Barry Allard: I donâ€™t always read YouTube comments, but when I do, it requires drinking hard alcohol afterwards.
Neville Chan: I donâ€™t always finish my sentences, but when I do
Previously on Fishbowl:
New â€˜Most Interesting Manâ€™ Gets the TMZ Thumbs Down
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