Lauren Graham’s book Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and everything in between) is a collection of essays and anecdotes about life, showbiz, what it was like to revisit a character after saying goodbye for years in between. The book is personal without being exposing; like this is just a small layer of a very interesting life (and I think Graham would appreciate that statement).
I loved reading what Graham had to talk about. I love the way she’s sarcastic and sassy and never seems to take anything too seriously (or at least that’s the persona she’s presented to the world and I like to think she’s a rather genuine person). In reading her book it was like listening to her talk (as fast as she can) and it was perfect. I loved reading her thoughts, her experiences, her crazy analogies and tangents. I could probably listen to Graham talk all day so reading her talk all day is good too.
I first started to enjoy Graham’s work with Gilmore Girls which I came to much later in life (like when Netflix started streaming it, later) but I was just as excited as the lifelong fans that there was going to be a revival. I ended up finding a few other bodies of Graham’s work (Parenthood for example) and I always enjoy her characters and her style. I was eager to read her book because I felt like somehow we clicked. We were both quirky and fun and were constantly getting told to speak slower (or at least her characters were I couldn’t say for sure if she did in real life but I got that vibe).
I was really excited to see that as I was reading Graham does write as fast as she talks. This was somehow reassuring to me and made me feel as though I had made a good choice in people to find cool. (Lauren if you ever read this just realize you’re up there with people like Obama sooooo). As someone who is a bit quirky and who does talk rather fast and who does always seem to be tapping to her own beat it’s always so wonderful to read stories of other quirky, fast talking, beat tappers (Felicia Day I’m also looking at you). Anyway, cuddling up with Graham’s book was like cuddling up with hot tea in the middle of winter. It was comforting and cozy and perfect.
I really enjoyed getting to step into Graham’s head for a little bit and to relive Gilmore Girls (again!) through her eyes. I loved hearing tales of her early years and friends and advice! (I promise to listen to OLJ more often Miss Graham!)
It was a lot of fun and great story telling.