Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss

The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There
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Author(s): Tom Davis
Original Publish Date: Mar 23, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.28 hours)
Product Number: Z10004990
Released: Mar 23, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400191598
Narrator/s: Tom Davis
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat, and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities-Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, and Chris Farley. Written by Tom Davis, an original SNL writer and comedy partner of Al Franken, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is the story of coming of age in the 1960s and a spellbinding account of the birth and rise of one of television's most celebrated shows. Davis's memoir is filled with wry, candid anecdotes about his days at Saturday Night Live and his friendship with its stars. But it is also the story of Davis's own coming of age-escaping his conservative roots in suburban Minneapolis, traveling the world, and reveling in the hippie culture of 1960s San Francisco. The author finds the highs and lows of his own career to be a hilarious counterpoint to the meteoric rise of SNL and his friends' growing celebrity. Hysterical, lucid, and wise, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a free-spirited, unrepentant romp through an era of sex, drugs, and comedy.

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Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss
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Product Number:Z10004990
Product Number:DD20076

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Author(s): Tom Davis
Narrator(s): Tom Davis
Product Number DD20076
Released: Mar 23, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400111596

Professional reviews

"Snarky, intellectual, and sarcastic, Al Franken and Tom Davis were veterans of the "Saturday Night Live" writing bullpen. While Franken has gone on to host a radio show, write books, and run for political office, Davis has been less visible. THIRTY-NINE YEARS OF SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS is Davis's memoir about his life with and without Franken and SNL. Davis reads the work himself, which fails as often as it works. When it fails, Davis rushes through as if the subject were someone else's life. He ends one story and immediately starts the next one without a pause. The structure is also problematic, as he jumps from years to year with no apparent pattern. Overall, the book is interesting, though more behind-the-scenes SNL stories would be welcome. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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