The Play Goes On

The Play Goes On - Neil Simon In this second volume of Neil Simon's memoirs, I felt that somehow the narrative covered years that he himself remembered in less detail, at least as regards the work. His memory of the women who were his second and third wives, Marsha Mason and Diane Lander, seems sharp enough! This volume also seems more contemplative, and he has also given himself more rope to depart from the chronology of his story to tell an anecdote, say, about his mother. There are also at least one or two extended meditations on the nature of his creative process, which I found very interesting.

Just as in the first volume, there are still some wonderful funny turns of phrase, though less self-consciously prominent in the writing here, as though Simon has convinced himself he doesn't have to joke to keep our attention.