The Dan­ger­ous Ani­mals Club

Stephen Tobolowsky
  • From the Publisher
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.

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