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The Tao of Bill Murray
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The Tao of Bill Murray
Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing
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Perfect for the Bill Murray fan in all of us, this epic collection of "Bill Murray stories"—many reported for the first time here—distills a set of guiding principles out of his extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.
No one will ever believe you.

New York Times bestselling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray—in particular the beloved actor's adventures off-screen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard's JV women's basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, "No one will ever believe you" into a stranger's ear. But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photo bombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for anyone who calls themselves a Bill Murray fan—which is to say, everyone.
Praise for The Tao of Bill Murray
"When confronted by life's challenges and opportunities, we should all be asking ourselves, 'What would Bill Murray do?' This book actually has the answers."—Jay Duplass, writer, director, actor, fan of Bill Murray
"[Gavin Edwards] captures Murray's enigmatic, comic genius."The Washington Post

"Rib-tickling."Newsday

"If you are among the multitudes who have a Bill Murray story (viz: 'I was in the airport bar, and who sat down next to me but Bill Murray?'), The Tao of Bill Murray will speak to you."Elle
"Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness. . . . A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend."Kirkus Reviews
"This book is bursting with anecdotes that underline Murray's unconventional and fun-loving life. . . . Murray's fans are sure to savor [it] and walk away with a deeper appreciation of the actor and his work."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"I just can't fathom how anyone could not like the man. He lives as much as possible by his own rules; this is a guy who doesn't buy round-trip airline tickets because he prefers to make decisions on the fly. That old question of the three people you'd most like to have dinner with? I'd pick Bill Murray and leave the other two chairs empty just to see who he pulls over to join us. . . . You will love The Tao of Bill Murray. Period."GeekDad
"A hilarious read—occasionally heartwarming, sometimes head-scratching. . . . Sure to please Murray fans."Library Journal
Perfect for the Bill Murray fan in all of us, this epic collection of "Bill Murray stories"—many reported for the first time here—distills a set of guiding principles out of his extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.
No one will ever believe you.

New York Times bestselling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray—in particular the beloved actor's adventures off-screen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard's JV women's basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, "No one will ever believe you" into a stranger's ear. But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photo bombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for anyone who calls themselves a Bill Murray fan—which is to say, everyone.
Praise for The Tao of Bill Murray
"When confronted by life's challenges and opportunities, we should all be asking ourselves, 'What would Bill Murray do?' This book actually has the answers."—Jay Duplass, writer, director, actor, fan of Bill Murray
"[Gavin Edwards] captures Murray's enigmatic, comic genius."The Washington Post

"Rib-tickling."Newsday

"If you are among the multitudes who have a Bill Murray story (viz: 'I was in the airport bar, and who sat down next to me but Bill Murray?'), The Tao of Bill Murray will speak to you."Elle
"Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness. . . . A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend."Kirkus Reviews
"This book is bursting with anecdotes that underline Murray's unconventional and fun-loving life. . . . Murray's fans are sure to savor [it] and walk away with a deeper appreciation of the actor and his work."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"I just can't fathom how anyone could not like the man. He lives as much as possible by his own rules; this is a guy who doesn't buy round-trip airline tickets because he prefers to make decisions on the fly. That old question of the three people you'd most like to have dinner with? I'd pick Bill Murray and leave the other two chairs empty just to see who he pulls over to join us. . . . You will love The Tao of Bill Murray. Period."GeekDad
"A hilarious read—occasionally heartwarming, sometimes head-scratching. . . . Sure to please Murray fans."Library Journal
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  • From the cover The First Principle

    Objects are opportunities.

    The greatest misadventure ever involving alcohol and a nontraditional motor vehicle belongs to country-music legend George Jones: When his wife hid his car keys so he wouldn't drive to the liquor store, he made the eight-mile trip on a John Deere lawnmower. Bill Murray, however, gave the singer a run for his money in August 2007, when he went to the Scandinavian Masters, a golf tournament in Sweden. Late enough on a Sunday night that it was actually Monday morning—around 3:30 A.M.—Murray was spotted in downtown Stockholm, driving a golf cart through the streets. This was a sufficiently unusual mode of transportation that he got stopped by the police on suspicion of drunken driving. (Even if he had wanted to outrun them, he was in a golf cart.)

    Apparently the golf cart had been on display all week outside Bill's hotel—until Bill and some friends commandeered it for a party at the Café Opera nightclub, about a mile away.

    The Café Opera manager, Daniel Bodahl, said Bill "was a very good guest."

    The man in charge of the Scandinavian Masters, Fredrik Nilsmark, said, "I don't hold any grudge against Bill Murray for borrowing our cart for a while."

    Detective-Inspector Christer Holmlund of the Stockholm police force said, "I have done this since '68 and I've never experienced anything like this."

    Bill's explanation? He hadn't personally borrowed the golf cart, he claimed—he had started off as a passenger, being driven to a party. (Which sidestepped the question of whether the people driving him had permission to use that golf cart.) "I was taken to the party by people who did not feel they could drive the golf cart back," Bill said. "They said, 'We can't drive back—we'll lose our license.' I said, 'I won't lose my license.' That's what America used to be famous for: helping out, pitching in."

    So he drove the golf cart through the streets of Stockholm sometime after 3:00 A.M. A "twilight drive," Bill joked—being so far north, Stockholm has incredibly long days during the summer. He had about six passengers crammed into the back of the cart and he was dropping them off at various destinations, like a bus driver. To complete the surreal scene, two drunk Swedish guys were hanging on to the very back of the cart, singing the 1970 Cat Stevens song "Father and Son."

    The last two people on the cart wanted to be dropped off at a 7-Eleven. "I didn't know they had 7-Elevens in Stockholm," Bill commented. In front of the 7-Eleven, the police spotted Bill behind the wheel of the golf cart and called him over, assuming that he must be drunk. Bill's explanation that he was a golfer proved insufficient.

    Holmlund said that when the police officer smelled alcohol, Bill declined to take a Breathalyzer test, "citing American legislation."

    "Or as Bill told the story, he told the police officer, "I'm sorry, but where I come from, you have to act stupid or goofy or hit something or drive erratically or something—you're just assuming that I'm drunk because I'm driving a golf cart at three-thirty in the morning."

    Holmlund agreed that Bill wasn't visibly drunk: "There were no obvious signs, like when someone is really tipsy."

    The confrontation migrated to the police station. "They said, 'We're going to take your blood now,' and I said, 'What if I politely decline?' " Then, Bill said, "They introduced me to this guy, Gunther or somebody...who had a smile on his face, but not the smile you want to see." Bill submitted to Gunther and the police administered a blood test; Bill...
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  • Gavin Edwards is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including Last Night at the Viper Room, Can I Say (written with Travis Barker), VJ (written with the original MTV VJs), and 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy. As a longtime contributing editor for Rolling Stone, he has written a dozen cover stories for the magazine, traveled the world from Bahrain to New Zealand, and taken a city bus to the Grammys. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their two sons.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Edwards's hagiography of Bill Murray will delight most fans and prove interesting to those curious about the work, life, and myths of Murray. From his prose and the tone of his voice as he tells his favorite Murray stories and teases out lessons to be learned by following Murray's philosophy, it's clear that Edwards has a deep admiration for the actor. Where the narration doesn't work as well is in Edwards's delivery of Murray's lines, particularly when quoting from Murray's movies. Edwards doesn't have the narrating skill to capture Murray's timbre without sounding forced. Therefore, precious lines fall flat, especially for the listener unfamiliar with the particular film being discussed. Nonetheless, Edwards's great admiration for his subject makes listening to this audiobook enjoyable L.E. � AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
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