Book Review

Lame or Literature?

EW reviews the newest books by celebs -- We look at the latest by Lewis Black, Jill Scott, Moby, and Kevin Smith

EW reviews the newest books by celebs

In Nothing's Sacred, Daily Show rant-master Lewis Black remembers growing up in the '60s.

Star Power ''I saw Martin Luther King give his 'I Have a Dream' speech.''

Anatomy Lesson ''Apparently two teats can stop anything.''

History Lesson ''Nixon even brought us Watergate. . .but I can't get into that right now because my nurse is on a break and I don't know where she keeps my shots.''

Literature or Fake Book? Literature! Black's master's degree in playwriting pays off.

B

In The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours, soul singer Jill Scott shares her poetry.

Star Power ''John Coltrane peers from his framed home above her four-post bed''

Anatomy Lesson Verses about masturbation and prostitution aren't FCC-friendly.

History Lesson ''Once upon a time the poet stood/Now the poet sits/Talking like somebody else/Claiming poet because they memorized it''

Literature or Fake Book? We can't say we ''get'' it, but doesn' t poetry always = literature?

C

In teany book, the musician Moby and partner Kelly Tisdale cook up recipes and anecdotes from their NYC cafe, teany.

Star Power On opening night, ''Matt Groening hung out for a while, drawing pictures. . . .''

Anatomy Lesson ''Nothing relieves puffy eyes better than old tea bags. . . .''

History Lesson From the teany origin myth: ''Yetzl Teekne and his long-suffering wife, Gelda, left their cucumber farm in Belarus to come and seek a better life in the new world.''

Literature or Fake Book? Cookbook!

A-

In Silent Bob Speaks, filmmaker Kevin Smith reprints columns from Arena magazine, uses a lot of profanity, and discusses poop.

Star Power On Ben Affleck: ''He may very well be one of the greatest human beings of all time.''

Anatomy Lesson Multiple quips about his small penis definitely aren't FCC-friendly.

History Lesson ''Jersey Girl is, hands down, the best movie we've ever made.''

Literature or Fake Book? ''Barely a Blog'' isn't a category, so. . . fake book!

D

Originally posted Apr 11, 2005 Published in issue #815 Apr 15, 2005 Order article reprints
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