Fine Line

My dear daughter, Li’l Pepinita, nurturing my love for books, gifted me Alan Alda’s new memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed. Alda isn’t just the actor behind the great Hawkeye Pierce of M.A.S.H., the fellah can scratch out a good line or two. The title of his autobio is brilliant enough, but pales in comparison to the first line of his book, one of the goofiest I’ve ever stumbled across:

Chapter 1

My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six, but she must have shown signs of oddness before that…”

Alda’s book shows, page after page, that it takes a cruely bizarre childhood to eventually be nominated for 32 Emmy Awards, write, act, and produce in dozens of movies, and get home in time for dinner. Actors

My favorite chapter so far? Chapter 4, which tells the tale of Alda’s childhood pet that eventually ended up stuffed next to the den fireplace.

Pepino Lector

4 thoughts on “Fine Line

  1. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY, BROTHER PEPINO!! If I was married to your wife, I would’ve not only wished you a timely birthday but had the birthday card mailed to your house instead of sitting on my dining room table. Since I’m not, this is all you get and I’m stealing her and your beloved daughter for a weekend road-trip to the East coast! LOVE YA! XOXOXOXO

  2. That Alan Alda book makes my having to sit in fear in the family Impala in the garage with mom, dad, bro, and sis thinking the neighbor’s Subaru horn going off in the middle of the night was an air raid (in peace time 1974)and the Germans were bombing…seem normal.

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