I ask the catechism with a assertive bulk of balance love: Is William Shatner the guy you appetite activity admonition from?
He was agreeably awful by around all his “Star Trek” castmates, some of whom he is still altercation with bisected a aeon later. He trails a brace of barbarous divorces in his wake, and by his own admission, has had actual few accompany over his 87-year-old life. The man he describes as his best acquaintance — Leonard Nimoy — banned to allege to him during the aftermost bristles years of his activity for affidavit Shatner has yet to divine.
As for career admonition . . . well, Shatner continues to yze as a recording artisan admitting decades of affirmation to the contrary. He has starred in the alone feature cine anytime fabricated in Esperanto. He has declared that an conflicting adored him afterwards a motorcycle blow in the desert. He has adjourned a face-saving transformation from careless bad acting (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”) to self-parodic bad acting (“Boston Legal”) afterwards any credible compassionate of what he has done.
The acceptable news, I suppose, is that alike William Shatner doesn’t anticipate he’s able to accord advice. “I am not a chantry of wisdom,” he confesses in his new book “Live Long and . . .,” accounting with David Fisher. “I’m the guy who adored the Starship Enterprise for seventy-nine weeks and concluded up kissing James Spader on a patio.” He additionally believes that “to try to acquaint anyone abroad how to alive their activity is the ultimate in hubris. There is no one way, or appropriate way, to do anything.”
And if you anticipate that will stop him from cogent anyone abroad how to alive their life, you haven’t reckoned with the constant arrangement of celebrity self-help. Consider that, over the accomplished year, ball abstracts such as Jessica Alba, Kevin Hart, Vivica A. Fox, Suzanne Somers and Tyra Banks, accept advised in on how to accomplish ourselves smarter, healthier, stronger, ier, funnier — better. Maybe the alone catechism that charcoal to be answered is why we listen. Do we absolutely anticipate that accepting yourself on TMZ confers its own diploma? That acceptable teeth construe to acceptable character? That with abundant social-media assimilation comes abundant responsibility?
For now, there is the affirmation of Shatner, who tosses out bromides like chaplet at Mardi Gras. “Make the best of every accommodation and never attending aback on it. . . . We can’t do annihilation about the accomplished and we don’t apperceive what the approaching will bring, so there is annihilation we can do but alive in the moment. . . . Love can be addictive. . . . Emotions run wild! . . . We anticipate we apperceive so much, but we apperceive so little.” Leavening the boiler are kinda-tedious anecdotes about paramotoring and active through a blast and, okay, beneath annoying belief about abuse himself during a one-man appearance on Broadway and actuality attacked by a abbot allowance while on vacation.
And because this is Shatner, a assertive bulk of Planet Crazy does bleed through. This may appear in the anatomy of abominable song lyrics: “Where does time go:/I accomplishment the dishes, I go to the store; afore I apperceive it, time is no more.” Or arrogant poses: “There are bodies who ask, ‘How could you accept done that? Don’t you apperceive your activity is at stake?’ And my acknowledgment was always, ‘How could I accept not done it? My activity was at stake.’ ” Or addition history: “Why couldn’t Joan of Arc accept said, ‘I accept a breach personality; I am bipolar,’ and afterwards her jailers larboard said, ‘I am not bipolar. I alone said that to live’?” And, actuality and there, the affectionate of book engineered for discharge takes: “One of the ancient relationships I formed was with a prostitute, who became my friend.”
It may be that the key to adequate any celebrity self-help album is to acquisition the crevices amid letters advised and unintended. By this standard, the best accurate moment in “Live Long and . . . ” is back Shatner crows that he has added than 2.5 actor followers on Twitter and addition 2 actor on Facebook. The atomic authentic, surely, is back he claims that he is “completely comfortable” with his life. Those words cannot administer to a man who has been alive ceaseless back he was 6 years old, who lives in bitter abhorrence of the “blank pages in my datebook,” who, in contempo months, has sparred for no bright acumen with the brilliant of “Star Trek: Discovery” and alienated accelerating Trekkies with alt-right triggers like “misandry” and “snowflake,” and who, in titling his book has co-opted the actual Vulcan address patented by his asleep acquaintance Leonard.
Maybe celebrities charge aloof as abundant advice as the blow of us.
Louis Bayard is a biographer and reviewer. His accessible book is “Courting Mr. Lincoln.”
LIVE LONG AND . . .
What I Learned Along the Way
Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s. 224 pp. $26.99
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