Greenlights
by McConaughey, Matthew






From the Academy Award-winning actor comes an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. Illustrations.





Academy Award&;winning actor Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it&;s okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day&;s sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor.
 
In 2009, Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which helps at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices. In 2019, McConaughey became a professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. McConaughey is also brand ambassador for Lincoln Motor Company, an owner of the Major League Soccer club Austin FC, and co-creator of his favorite bourbon on the planet, Wild Turkey Longbranch.





All right, all right, all right: The affable, laconic actor delivers a combination of memoir and self-help book. "This is an approach book," writes McConaughey, adding that it contains "philosophies that can be objectively understood, and if you choose, subjectively adopted, by either changing your reality, or changing how you see it. This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life." Some of those philosophies come in the form of apothegms: "When you can design your own weather, blow in the breeze"; "Simplify, focus, conserve to liberate." Others come in the form of sometimes rambling stories that never take the shortest route from point A to point B, as when he recounts a dream-spurred, challenging visit to the Malian musician Ali Farka Tour√©, who offered a significant lesson in how disagreement can be expressed politely and without rancor. Fans of McConaughey will enjoy his memories‚?"which line up squarely with other accounts in Melissa Maerz's recent oral history, Alright, Alright, Alright‚?"of his debut in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, to which he contributed not just that signature phrase, but also a kind of too-cool-for-school hipness that dissolves a bit upon realizing that he's an older guy on the prowl for teenage girls. McConaughey's prep to settle into the role of Wooderson involved inhabiting the mind of a dude who digs cars, rock 'n' roll, and "chicks," and he ran with it, reminding readers that the film originally had only three scripted scenes for his character. The lesson: "Do one thing well, then another. Once, then once more." It's clear that the author is a thoughtful man, even an intellectual of sorts, though without the earnestness of Ethan Hawke or James Franco. Though some of the sentiments are greeting card‚?"ish, this book is entertaining and full of good lessons. A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey's life and thought. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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