It's hard not to love Parker Posey. A singularly gifted actress with a wickedly funny personality that belies her movie star status, her cross-generational fame stems from starring roles in such unforgettable movies as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, and You've Got Mail, and her recurring roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, including his most recent, Mascots, on Netflix.With remarkable candor and a refreshing perspective on life in the spotlight, Posey opens up about the art of acting, life on the set, and the realities of its accompanying fame. She explores her relationships with brilliant directors like Christopher Guest and Woody Allen, as well as the nerves and expectations that come with the territory. A funny and authentic childhood prepared Posey for a life of creating and entertaining, which not only extends to acting but to the craft of pottery, sewing, collage, yoga and cooking, all of which readers will find in this highly entertaining book. In You're On an Airplane...
|Title||:||You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir|
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You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir Reviews
I think I should just give up on memoirs; they almost never satisfy me. I did appreciate the setup--with airplane sounds and truly as if on an airplane conversing with a seat mate and hearing her dog snoring. Interesting vignette from life and work. She's a natural storyteller, so the audio is a great way to appreciate the book. She reads at a brisk pace but never neglects emphasis, emotion, or humor. I was hoping for more about the Christopher Guest movies, since that's really how I know her. M ...more
Oh, Parker Posey, you gem of an actress you. This is far from your usual celebrity memoir, Parker isn’t the kind to get bogged down in all the misery of life and complain about how hard it is to be a famous actress that’s loved the world over. No, Parker is far more lighthearted and funny in her approach to telling her life story.
Some of this book is completely ridiculous, the chapter which goes into extremely deep detail about the life of her dog is kind of pointless, as is the chapter about po ...more
3.5 stars would be more like it. Enjoyably larky, with an especially artful and funny opening. But at a certain point, the lack of organization gets the better of her; like many celeb memoirs, the back half of the book suffers. I liked her stories about growing up in Louisiana (who knew?) and her fondness for her parents and elders. There’s plenty here about her childhood, but apparently she was never a teenager. She goes from 10 to 24. (To me, she’ll always be the mean girl from the class of ‘7 ...more
Parker Posey was not gifted with an over-abundance of self-awareness, which makes for a very odd memoir. Early on I wondered if she didn't have any friends who were willing to let her know that many of these stories do not portray her in any sort of flattering light. Then I wondered if maybe her editor hated her - she credits no fewer than 4 people for editing, so maybe.
What I learned from this book is that she's rude to service workers, whether they're flight attendants or restaurant workers, ...more
Have you ever been to a family reunion where you spend extended time with the aunt who has a reputation as being eccentric or a bit of a "free spirit"? While she comes off as a bit dotty, you realize that underneath she's lot a smarter than she lets on. Well, Parker Posey is that aunt. "You're on an Airplane" begins with the conceit that Parker Posey has just sat next to you on an airplane and begins unspooling a circumloctory account of her family, her childhood, her acting career, yoga, potter ...more
You know that old saying, “Never meet your heroes.”? ‘Nuf said.
I've found Parker Posey's film roles to be weird and random (and usually brilliant), so I've always imagined her to be a weird and random individual.
Turns out I was right.
You're on an Airplane is Posey's memoir, written as if she finds herself bored on a long flight and decides to spend her time telling stories about her life to the person seated next to her on the airplane.
The stories she chooses to share are told in no particular order, spanning childhood and near present day throughout the bo ...more
Not a page turner but I liked it for the insights it gave me into what it's like to be her in the movie business. Also, I'll always love her for her role in Party Girl, the best librarian movie ever.