Re: What are you currently reading?
Sometimes I'll read a few pieces from Roger Ebert's Book of Film. Ebert's a well-known film critic, and the book is a collection of his favorite writings about film. Maybe a couple hundred selections, from short stories and novel excerpts to newspaper columns, magazine articles, interviews, segments from biographies and so on. Tonight I learned that Daryl F. Zanuck liked to read O'Henry. He read screenplays for hours every day, but he made time to read a short story by O'Henry each night.
Anyway, there's an excerpt from Klaus Kinski's autobiography in Ebert's book. The first paragraph of Kinski's description of Werner Herzog made me laugh. Herzog was a temperamental director and Kinski was a temperamental actor. The excerpt is on wikipedia. I'll put a link to it below. Ebert's book is a good one if you like movies:
His (Herzog's) speech is clumsy, with a toadlike indolence, long winded, pedantic, choppy. The words tumble from his mouth in sentence fragments, which he holds back as much as possible, as if they were earning interest. It takes forever and a day for him to push out a clump of hardened brain snot. Then he writhes in painful ecstasy, as if he had sugar on his rotten teeth. A very slow blab machine. An obsolete model with a non-working switch — it can't be turned off unless you cut off the electric power altogether. So I'd have to smash him in the kisser. No, I'd have to knock him unconscious. But even if he were unconscious he'd keep talking. Even if his vocal cords were sliced through, he'd keep talking like a ventriloquist. Even if his throat were cut and his head were chopped off, speech balloons would still dangle from his mouth like gases emitted by internal decay. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Klaus_Kinski