Here’s my latest book review for the New York Journal of Books.
Al Franken’s political memoir – AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE
A fun and fascinating read!
AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE
My eighth grade English teacher had our class write autobiographies based on our imagined lives as adults. In mine I recounted my exciting careers as a TV comedy writer, actor, and U.S. Senator. Well, Al Franken has actually lived my fantasy life, so naturally I’ve always been pretty fascinated by him and was eager to read his new memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.
He doesn’t disappoint. Told with his seemingly effortless trademark humor, Franken recounts his life including his lengthy career as a comedy writer, and explains how his civic-minded upbringing, and background as a political satirist, led him to make the remarkable transition from comedian to politician.
Starting with a brief overview of his childhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Franken relates how he was drawn to comedy at a young age, entertaining school chums in elementary school, and then, after meeting his longtime friend and partner, Tom Davis, began writing and performing comedy together.
Franken tells how he and Davis, after performing at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles (READ MORE)