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  • ISBN: 054705369X
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Dustin Beall Smith
  • Subcategory: Arts & Literature
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (August 5, 2008)
  • Pages: 157 pages
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  • Rating: 4.4
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A key grip, Dustin Beall Smith explains in this award-winning memoir, is the person on a film set who supervises the rigging of lights, set wall construction, dolly shots, stunt preparation, and more. Smith worked in the film industry throughout the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. For him, “fame by association”—with iconic stars including Sly Stallone, Susan Sarandon, and Robert De Niro—was just one of the seductive drugs fueling his high-octane days on the set. The intertwined stories in Key Grip resurrect memories of how his father’s impossibly ordered life became a goad for Smith’s own reckless journey to manhood. Its trajectory includes a stint as a pioneering sport-parachuting instructor in the late 1950s—a young man’s dream job that taught Smith how to hide sheer animal fear behind male bravado. Much later, as a committed writer and unredeemed seeker in his fifties, Smith lights out cross-country for what turns out to be a brave, existentially failed—and very funny—attempt at a Lakota vision quest. Beautifully told, reminiscent of both Robert Bly and Ian Frazier, Key Grip is a fascinating record of the fault lines of one man’s life. Dustin Beall Smith’s Key Grip won the 2007 Bakeless Prize for nonfiction, awarded by the Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and judged by Terry Tempest Williams. Smith has lived in New York City for over forty years and teaches writing at Gettysburg College.
Reviews about Key Grip: A Memoir of Endless Consequences (7):
Steel balls
Dustin Smith is one of the best writers around.

Who hasn't gone to the bookstore, plunked down money, cracked open the books you bought, and found most of them weren't worth reading?

You could wade through piles of books and not find a better one to read than Key Grip. Entertaining, spiritual, wickedly down to earth, with to-the-bone insights.

I hope this book gets the attention it deserves. I also wish Dustin Smith a long and successful writing career.

Key Grip is terrific.
Lonesome Orange Kid
Superbly written and thoroughly engaging. This one is a gem!
Dozilkree
Dustin Beall Smith's first collection is by turns tender and searing, a memoir in linked essays written in blood with razor blades by a man who's life is both a cautionary tale and a triumphant one. Smith's stories take readers through two failed marriages, buckets of booze, dicey encounters with film stars and producers, Indian sweat lodges, and snapping turtles. When living on the edge doesn't satisfy Smith's peak-experience addiction, he finds perfectly good airplanes to jump off of. I'm being facetious, but not purely. The metaphors supplied by skydiving and sweat lodges work splendidly here. More than anything else what comes through these pages is a portrait of a man searching for his soul in all the wrong--or anyway the least obvious--places: on the wings of airplanes and at the bottoms of bottles. The pages of this slim volume hold more pain and loss than those of many a fat book James Frey's faux memoir springs to mind). But they also hold heaps of redemption, for as the writing aptly demonstrates, Smith has emerged from his losses with a ruthless eye for self-scrutiny and an analytic grasp that would make Freud blush. The cautionary tale is that of a reckless, thrill-seeking boozer; the triumph is that of a brilliant writer. KEY GRIP gripped me from page one and wouldn't let go.
JoldGold
It's a rare gift to write an essay collection that keeps you reading from the first page to the last. Dustin Beall Smith has that gift. This is not a book about the film industry (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY missed the point!), rather it is about the thing we'd rather not discuss in American culture, failure. In thirteen essays that move backward in time, Smith looks at failure from every possible angle--in work, family, and spiritual questing--and, instead of instilling doom, he uses humor, honesty, and humility to prove that redemption is possible should one decide to tackle failure head-on. Smith's narratives are edgy, insightful, and focused. He takes you from the sublime (the thin separation between this world and the world to come) to the tragic (the killing of a turtle) to the ridiculous (standing drunk and naked outside a locked hotel room door in Georgia) without missing a beat. This is a spot-on exposé, not of movie stars and their ilk, but of what James Baldwin called "the price of the ticket," where the ticket is what it means to be a man in America.
Buy and read this book: you won't regret it for a second.
Ranicengi
Dustin Beall Smith pulls us down to the briny deep of fear, uncertainty and doubt about our personal authenticity.

From the beginning to the end, he sets off a profound introspection about the basic premises that underlie the formation of identity. Smith forces us to ask: "Do I know who I am and what I believe? Is it a false or manufactured self? How do I know it's authentic? Have I really experienced any authentic rites of passage that have shaped my identity? Have I lived a life of success by association, not of my own making? What have I DONE of any real consequence?

Unsparingly, Smith confronts us with his own most excruciatingly painful struggles---plunging us into a self-examination of our own deepest self-deceptions---very scary stuff.

We are forced to ask ourselves: How am I to actually ENGAGE in life? By one well-chosen life pursuit, all the way through? By a variety of pursuits, until I find the ONE that liberates my authentic self? Or a series of well-chosen pursuits valued in and of themselves as a more complete reflection of my authentic self? And, what, now, if I have never actually engaged in a real life pursuit?

Incredibly, Smith nurses us through this nightmarish soul-searching with fond, tender affection, mixed with world-weary good humor.

If you follow him down to the darkest depths of KEY GRIP, you may discover a rare form of emancipation.

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