By Steve Martin
From the bestselling writer of Shopgirl comes the gentle tale of a afflicted guy who unearths love, and existence, within the so much unforeseen place.
Daniel is living in his Santa Monica house, dwelling a lot of his lifestyles as a bystander: He watches from his window because the global is going via, and his simply relationships appear to be with those who slightly understand he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest purposes, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of sunshine bulbs.
It is thru Daniel's growing to be attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he eventually profits the braveness to start to have interaction the area outdoors, and in doing so, he discovers love, and lifestyles, within the such a lot spectacular areas.
Filled together with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The excitement of My Company is a travel de strength certain to pride all of Steve Martin's lovers.
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She types D and hits control/spacebar and Daniel Pecan Cambridge appears. When she looks me in the face on Tuesdays and Fridays she probably thinks of me not as Daniel Pecan Cambridge but as D-control/spacebar. I, however, think of her only as Clarissa because her movements, gestures, and expressions translate only into the single word of her name. Last Tuesday: Clarissa arrived in her frisky lip-gloss pink Dodge Neon. She parked on the street, and lucky for both of us, there’s a two-hour parking zone extending for several blocks in front of my apartment.
Oh, excuse me,” I said, taking all the blame. ” I asked. “Yes I am,” she said and she browsed inside her purse without ever losing eye contact with me. ” I said, using too many words. “Just three. ” Oh yes, I wanted a card. I took it, palming it like an ace of spades, knowing it was a memento that I would pin up on my bulletin board. In fact, this would be the first item on the board that could even come close to being called a bulletin. “That’s you,” I said, indicating with a gesture that the name on the card and the name on the sign were one and the same.
I am uplifted by doing ordinary work. . And so it went. I was impressed with myself because this essay expressed the exact opposite idea of my first essay—one week I said I had the pioneer spirit and the next week I didn’t—and I wrote both opinions with such ease that I believed I could take any subject and effectively argue either side. This skill would be valuable in dating. Just think, I could switch positions midstream if I sensed my date reacting badly. While I was writing, I barely looked up at Zandy, since I’d realized what a foolish enterprise this was anyway.
The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel by Steve Martin