Key Grip

A Memoir of Endless Consequences
Product Number: EB00030978
Released: Aug 05, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780547526027
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An award-winning memoir of an adventurous and winding journey through life: "A nonstop pleasure" (Susan Isaacs). A key grip, Dustin Beall Smith explains, is the person on a film set who supervises the rigging of lights, set wall construction, dolly shots, stunt preparation, and more. Smith worked in the film industry throughout the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. But for him, "fame by association"-with iconic stars including Sylvester Stallone, Susan Sarandon, and Robert De Niro-was just one of the seductive drugs fueling his high-octane days on the set. The intertwined reminiscences in Key Grip reveal Smith's long, reckless journey to manhood-in reaction to his father's impossibly ordered life. Its trajectory includes an early stint as a sport-parachuting instructor-a job that taught Smith how to hide sheer animal fear behind male bravado. Much later, as an unredeemed seeker in his fifties, Smith lights out cross-country for what turns out to be a brave, existentially failed-and very funny-attempt at a Lakota vision quest. Winner of a Bakeless Prize for nonfiction, Key Grip is a fascinating record of the fault lines of one man's life. "A forthright, rueful voice." -Publishers Weekly "Smith's tale of coming of age two or three decades after most people do is filled with wit, scathing introspection, brilliant social observation, and compassion." -Susan Isaacs, New York Times-bestselling author of the Judith Singer series

Author(s): Dustin Beall Smith
Original Publish Date: Aug 05, 2008

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