April 7, 2017
Is Alec Baldwin unhappy with his publisher?
by Kait Howard
It seems that actor, comedian, and now author Alec Baldwin isn’t completely happy with his editors at HarperCollins.
At least that’s what Publishers Lunch reported yesterday, linking to the inaugural post on a Facebook page for Baldwin’s new memoir, Nevertheless, which was published on Tuesday. In the post, Baldwin criticizes “the editors at Harper Collins” who “were… too busy to do a proper forensic edit of the material.” He promises to post corrections as well as “supplemental material that did not make it into the original edition of my memoir.”
It’s not completely clear whether the Facebook page is real. As of yesterday, the page only had a meager forty-nine likes and sixty-one followers, though that could be because it’s so new. Assuming it is real, the post isn’t the most surprising thing to come from a guy who, according to Washington Post book reviewer Dan Zak, writes in the first pages of Nevertheless that he’s “not actually writing the book to discuss my work, my opinions, or my life. I’m writing it because I was paid to write it.” A screenshot of the post had been retweeted on Baldwin’s verified Twitter account, meaning Baldwin is only going so far to air his complaints via the larger platform… or he loves the parody.
In any case, the big joke is that the post criticizes HarperCollins for overlooking “SEVERAL typos and errors,” citing an example of a passage in which Baldwin (or his imposter) clarifies that when he writes he’s “in love” with actresses Megan Mullally, Kate McKinnon, and Tina Fey, when what he means is he’s “in love with their talent.” Which isn’t really a typo so much as a oversight on the author’s part.
Judging from Zak’s description of Nevertheless, the book sounds like a strange, not-all-that-funny exercise in ego-fueled self-deprecation, and an odd project for an actor seeing a resurgence in popularity. I recently overheard a drugstore employee telling her coworker how her seven-year-old son loved Baldwin’s ongoing Trump impressions on SNL, to which he responded that, as a Trump supporter, he still found the skits hilarious.
With a game show on ABC, a WNYC podcast, and a new box office hit, it’s hard to believe Baldwin really needs the money.
Kait Howard was a publicist at Melville House.