Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself


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ALDA, Alan. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. New York: Random House, 2007. Octavo, original red paper boards, original dust jacket.

First edition of Alan Alda's ruminations on the meaning of life drawn from the many speeches he has given during his career, inscribed on the title page: "To Larry<—y [correcting a poorly scribed 'y'] Alan Alda."

"Nothing requires a person to summarize the essence of a meaningful life like being asked to write a commencement address, and Alda has given plenty over the years. Here, he recalls—and includes generous excerpts of—those commencement addresses, as well as eulogies and other speeches… Even for the rich and famous, the really important stuff is small: searching for sea glass with children, reminding your buddies not to take themselves too seriously. Alda is at his best when describing the transcendent joy of acting" (Kirkus).

A fine inscribed copy.

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