Quirky Books: Pure Drivel by Steve Martin

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pure Drivel by Steve Martin

Steve Martin, famous for comedy, has adequately titled this book of jokes. A chapter at the end of the novella, "Drivel," explains why it is called "Pure Drivel." Apparently, Martin finds underlying statements of authors humorous.

Bringing various implications to the surface is funny. Reading as serious stories there is a level of depth to various farcical themes of feeling sexy or lost. Comparisons are blatant; therefore, a person does not have to know references to understand the humor.

Surprisingly well worded quality is not dismissed because of his celebrity status. Some chapters will make sticklers for grammar squirm; however, misuse is purposeful. Most chapters have a professional tone and format making content appear shocking, though humor is appropriate.

Predominantly known as an actor and comedian, Steve Martin is also writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer. Hearing his band on television, the Western Music is playful. Martin was born in Texas, 1945. This might influence some of his work. Throughout the years he has spun most topics into a huckster style of comedy and "Pure Drivel" is not different.

Enjoying several of jokes, though I wonder if there is a personal experience inspiring jokes, the first story "a Public Apology" becomes gratuitous as he apologizes for many affairs. Understanding the joke revolve around glorifying apologies for infidelity to avoid apologizing for anything else, it is uncomfortable to read.

Political in nature, the orientation is based on current events. Each joke is unique. I imagine him listing out various topics. Some topics include: anti-depressants and paparazzi. Thinking of his fan base, a few jokes about aging are relatable. Not even considered middle-aged yet, I enjoyed the quip about losing object by holding them. It has happened to me briefly, along with forgetting why I walked into another room.

It is humor for adults though not relying on erotic or violent plots. None of my religious or moral senses felt tweaked. A teen could read it and find the content amusing; however, adults will enjoy it more. Many people would enjoy a thoughtful, funny joke. Consideration and skill enhances the book for those wanting more than a quick punch-line.