“You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures” by Alan Cumming— Picture Essays

Cumming, Alan. “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures”, Rizzoli, 2016.

Picture Essays

Amos Lassen

In his own words and pictures, Alan Cumming takes us into his life that seems to use every adjective possible. “The New York Times: says that Cummings is a “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and “Time” has said that he is one of the most fun people in show business, Alan Cumming is an award-winning star of stage, television, and film, as well as a best-selling author. His personality is on every page of this book. “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams” is made up of forty-five picture essays in which Cumming shares his life with us (even the decadent parts). He illustrates what he says with photographs and we learn of a strange bonding session he had with Elizabeth Taylor and all about his family and friends. We learn what Oprah had to say to him (that became the title of this book) and we are totally entertained. This is a rare self-portrait by an actor in an era when most are nervous about sharing too much.

What makes this such an interesting read is that it reads like gossip. It is filled with entertaining anecdotes, as well as personal reflections and we get an insightful commentary on how Cumming feels about America. It is also a poignant story of his journey through his life and Cumming does not hesitate in sharing intimate moments of his life.



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