Steve Martin, your favorite "tame and sane" Renaissance Man, very appropriately announced via his Twitter account on Thursday that, "Due to absolutely no demand, soon I'm publishing a book of my tweets. Many of your replies included! All my profits to charity." Martin had previously tweeted in August that he was working on the book.
The book, possibly boasting the title of the year in The Ten, Make that Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make that Ten., will be published by Grand Central Publishing in June 2012. Martin, who joined Twitter in September 2010, tweeting "My publicist is nervous about my becoming a Tweeter. He says celebrities tend to make such monumental gaffes. He's such a typical Wop!," currently has over 1.7 million followers. The sixty-six-year-old banjo maestro told David Letterman earlier this year:
"I come on your show and there's five million people watching. I know that at best three million have absolutely no interest in what I'm doing. But I can be on Twitter, I have about 800,000 followers, and I can actually talk to them directly."
Here are a few other choice Martin tweets: "Love to shake hands with the paparazzi when I have a bad cold," "I don't mind Obama's Buffet tax because I never eat at a buffet," "Don't exterminate bedbugs. Train them. Get them on a DAY schedule.," "With all my gadgets, had to start carrying a man-purse. Reluctantly gave up my girl-purse.," "I'm for the Wall Street Occupiers. But will they accept me when they find out I sell packaged mortgage default instruments to children?," and "Dinosaurs did not walk with humans. The evolutionary record says different. They gamboled."
Martin's fellow actor, Ralph Fiennes, however, will decidedly not be publishing a book of his tweets, as he does not use Twitter, believing that it dumbs down the English language. Fiennes, currently working on becoming the next Olivier as Prospero in a British production of The Tempest, aired his scolding-schoolmasterish thoughts on the ubiquitous form of social media at the BFI London Film Festival awards, following the premiere of his directorial debut, Coriolanus. He said:
"We're in a world of truncated sentences, soundbites, and Twitter. [Language] is being eroded — it's changing. Our expressiveness and our ease with some words is being diluted so that the sentence with more than one clause is a problem for us, and the word of more than two syllables is a problem for us. I hear it, too, from people at drama schools, who say the younger intake find the density of a Shakespeare text a challenge in a way that, perhaps, [students] a few generations ago maybe wouldn't have."