Some light reading
I haven’t updated in a while. I’m currently taking final exams for this year so I’m using that as an excuse! I will be finished in just over a week though and will be making more regular posts. Here are some articles I’ve accumulated over the last week or two.
Larry David: Still full of enthusiasm for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ from The Canadian Press is a short little interview that is entertaining at the least. On doing another season Larry says,
“I had such a good time this year, I think I’d probably like to do it again,” he says. “My only issue is my face. I’ve got to edit this show and look at my face six to eight hours a day. Most people just look at their face when they’re looking in the mirror. I’ve got to see it all day long.”
Another year would be fun, except for “this big bald head,” he sighs, shaking it. “It’s big and it’s bald. I gotta take that into consideration, too.”
Melanie Chartoff, wrote on Jewlarious.com about how “Taking on Larry’s life for a summer — along with his neighbor Kenny “Kramer” — made me appreciate my own.” This is a really interesting read about what Larry was like before his success with Seinfeld and also about the “real Kramer”.
The Palm Beach Post has an interview with Richard Lewis. He talks mostly about his stand-up career but does comment on how much he enjoys working with Larry on Curb:
“Larry’s a phenomenally gifted stand-up. No one knows that. He’s stormed offstage more times than he’s been on, if he didn’t get the audiences’ undivided attention,” Lewis says.
“‘You just ordered a scotch! How dare you!’ But (the show) is a dream come true. Everybody has something to complain about. But I really love what I’m doing. To be able to have done Carnegie Hall, all these specials, and Curb. It’s a gift.”
Finally, here is a very interesting read from Jacob Ward of The New Yorker detailing how psychiatrist David Roberts found Curb Your Enthusiasm to be “television’s purest expression of social dysfunction”. Roberts considers Larry David to be the perfect proxy for a schizophrenic person. When contacted about it Larry had this to say:
“It just deals with how you’re supposed to behave. A lot of the time, it’s just me expressing myself freely. I knew that my own mental health was problematic, but should I be worried? I mean, I blow up, too! Is this something undiagnosed? Do I need to see a clinical psychologist?”