Martin Starr has starred in hi-larious movies like Adventureland and Knocked Up and made us giggle to the point of pain in the TV cult favorites Party Down and Freaks and Geeks. But today? Today he’s taking a time-out from guest-starring roles in Community and New Girl to tell us about his favorite books!
Below, Martin reveals what he’d be reading on a desert island, talks about his mysterious fictional crush, and lets us in on the secret way Henry David Thoreau is helping his posture. And don’t forget that he’ll be one of the stars reading stories written by Figment users (!) at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on April 21!
What’s the book that you’re proudest of having finished?
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve started a lot of books…
Have you ever lied about having read a book to impress someone? (If yes, what was the book and why?)
No, of course not. <— clearly a lie
What’s the one book that you’ve sworn to read before you die?
I’m trying to get through Communion. It scares me at times and I end up setting it down for a while before I’m ready to pick up where I left off.
What are your five Deserted Island Books?
How to Survive on a Deserted Island
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Vice Photo Book by Jesse Pearson
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Communion (This is how dedicated I am to finishing it before I die. Also, great nighttime reading)
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Yes. There was a lady character in a sci-fi series that first got me into reading recreationally as a kid. I forget the name of the character and the series of books at the moment. She was a real wise cracker and a funny gal as I recall.
Do you have a book on you right now? What is it?
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I’m sitting on it. My wallet is very thick so I’m using it to even my posture.
What’s the best book to give to someone you secretly want to ask out?
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. (It’s not so much a book you read and more of a one sentence journal that lasts 5 years.)
What’s the one book that would be a deal-breaker if you saw it on a date’s bookshelf?
Probably any severe right wing propaganda books, unless they’re on a bookshelf in the bathroom.