April 27, 2012
Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 100 movies and over 200 television shows in his career (USA Today recently noted that he was the 9th most frequently seen actor today). He now brings his talent to the page with a collection of pieces in the vein of David Sedaris or Sarah Vowell about life, love, and adventure. Inspired by the success from his one-man documentary Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, the ensuing wildly successful podcast series The Tobolowsky Files, and his appearances at storytelling conferences and theater venues across the country, The Dangerous Animals Club is a series of stories told in a unique voice and a spiritual inquisitiveness that touch on life’s great mysteries with a cast of characters that range from legendary film directors, physicists, ghosts, pygmy hippos, and hostage takers. Parents raise children and then pass on, a girlfriend embarks on a theatrical career with Stephen and then breaks his heart, animals — dangerous and docile — come and go, and children are born. Small incidents are later revealed as momentous turning points. Woven through these tales are lessons in quantum physics, Jewish mysticism, and stagecraft.
Twitter Book Club
Read the March 21, 2013 #JLit Twitter Book Club transcript here