Book Review: Rob Lowe’s “Stories I Only Tell My Friends”
Stories is filled with these observations and the former Brat Packer seems to both relish his successful situation as well as critiquing the absurdity of the system that got him there in the first place.
Lowe also has the uncanny “Forrest Gump” like quality of somehow connecting with every major person or event of the last 30 years. For example as a 14 year old “nobody” his step father’s sister is doing some technical work on a “Cheesy western” Sci-fi type movie. She says it’s stupid but if he wants to come down and watch some filming he can. He goes to the warehouse where they are shooting and he gradually reveals that this “cheesy-western” Sci-fi movie is in fact Star Wars. Whether he is meeting Liza Minelli, being chased on Halloween night by a baseball bat wielding Martin Sheen, or hanging out in history class with this funny kid sitting next to him named Robert Downey Jr., you are left thinking, “This guy has a lot of good stories to tell.”
Lowe also seems to be aware of his audience. This is no trashy Hollywood movie star “tell all”. He doesn’t attempt to hide some of his bad choices but when addressed, are done tastefully in a manner that suggests that he has written this not just as a movie star, but as a husband and father.
Anyhow, I literally can’t put the book down and recommend it highly to readers of Beyond the Pale. For someone who is fascinated with movies, story, and the creative process, I find myself enthralled with Lowe’s tales. He’s a guy whose been around a long time, has seen a lot, and finally has sat down and wrote about it. Ok, full disclosure. When I first saw St. Elmo’s Fire in 1985, I came this close to getting an earring like his character Billy had in the film. Yep, it was the 80’s and we did weird things.
In the end I find myself wishing I knew this guy personally just so I could hear some of these stories first hand over a nice meal and a cold beer. Guess I’ll just have to settle for the book…
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