One paragraph reviews on art, movies, books, and pop culture by a know-nothing who knows it all

Friday, February 03, 2006

The Nutty Memoirist

I read Jerry Lewis's memoir "Dean and Me: A Love Story" in about three days, and I loved every minute of it. The book's title isn't tongue-in-cheek but is really cheek-to-cheek; Jerry Lewis adored and admired the hell out of Dean Martin. The book, which recounts the Martin and Lewis comedy act's meteoric rise to superstar fame, credits Dean as a huge reason for their success, something the press never acknowledged. As a writer (yes, a co-author is listed), Jerry captures the giddy zaniness of their act and success, and Jerry comes across as -- do I dare say -- humble and wise.