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An Improvised Life: A Memoir by Alan Arkin

By Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin knew he was once going to be an actor from the age of 5: "Every movie I observed, each play, every bit of tune fed an unquenchable have to flip myself into anything except what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's clever and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of turning into an actor, and a revealing look at the inventive brain of 1 of the simplest practitioners on degree or monitor. In a fashion that's direct, down-to-earth, obtainable, and articulate, Arkin finds insights not just approximately himself (and his viewers and students), but additionally truths for the remainder of us approximately paintings, relationships, and experience of self.

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