May I introduce you to, if you have not known of him already, to Clive James.
A funny man – droll. He’s been a media highlight in Australia and England for a couple of decades now with TV shows on his observations about life and introducing silly news clips. A natural talent.
Writing is his best medium, however. I was just reminded of him when I clicked on my NY Times books review e-mail and saw his name. Brought me back to my childhood years in England when the whole family enjoyed his shows.
This guy is worth checking out. The first name that came to mind when I tried to compare him to somebody for you was Patrick McManus, outdoor columnist, for I think, Town and Country magazine – or at least once was.
But Clive James, now 64 years of age, is not that silly. And he’s definitely an urban presence. Oddly though, if you like Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter you’re pretty sure to like this guy. It’s an Australian thing.
Nature Biologist Lawrence Durrell also comes to mind as a kindred sprit with James. A person who tells compelling, self-deprecating and honest tales of childhood and generalities about homeland.
His newest book, “As of This Writing” is a collection of his best writing about writers. Buy it, and enjoy it – and then give it to someone else who enjoys to read as a truly unexpected treat.