Why the Long Face?

The Adventures of a Truly Independent Actor

Craig Chester

St. Martin's Press

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Craig Chester's witty and wry observations on his life and those who have occupied it come together to create this funny, sentimental, yet irreverent collection of essays. From the backroads of Texas to the boardrooms of Hollywood, Craig Chester is unabashedly honest about the pain and the unique rewards of remaining an outsider in an insider's world.

While his family prepares to watch the apocalypse from their rooftop with a bucket of KFC, Craig is trying to climb the social ladder at school by saving his neighbors from their sinful ways and speaking in tongues (with not-so-successful results). Along the way Craig experiences gender confusion at grade-school summer camp and has massive reconstructive surgery to correct his deformed teenage face, only to emerge and realize that Hollywood success isn’t always measured in externals, but also in the machinations of the heart and how much you don’t show. All along he expertly captures the feeling of what it's like to not always fit in—and have that be okay—with a comic timing that’s tuned in to the heart and soul of trying to get by day to day.

His tales of life, from growing up in the Bible Belt to starring in nine films, prove that the average American life is anything but normal.

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  Why the Long Face?
1Where’s Your Top?Dottie looked fifties. She was, for a girl born in 1966, somewhat unnaturally preoccupied with the generation that preceded hers and she took to that carefree decade’s mind-set like a poodle to a skirt. For a girl whose life goal was the confining margins of 1950s housewifery, Dottie was undeniably out of sync with the times. It was, after all, 1976 and while women were burning their bras defiantly, Dottie counted the days till she would fill her very own darts. She was fabulous and kooky but mostly she was just fifties.

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Praise for Why the Long Face?

This is a charming, often hilarious book about a very interesting man and this man’s very interesting town—Hollywood.”—Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors

“Not only does he have some delightfully eyebrow-raising stories to tell, but he tells them with a wit and comic sensibility that can’t help but be heard.”—Dennis Hensley, author of Misadventures in the (213)

“If Noel Coward had grown up in a trailer park, he would have become Craig Chester.”—Illeana Douglas, actress

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About the Author

Craig Chester

Craig Chester has starred in many films, including Swoon, Grief, Frisk, Kiss Me Guido, and I Shot Andy Warhol. He continues to act while also writing screenplays. He lives in New York City.

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Why the Long Face?
The Adventures of a Truly Independent Actor
Craig Chester

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St. Martin's Press
April 2004
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ISBN: 9781429971980
ISBN10: 1429971983
288 pages
$7.99
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