We all have powerful creation myths: tales of our childhood and family, our first battles won and lost. Quintessential character actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares musings on his own Genesis with a series of short stories exploring the idea that most people’s lives seem to fit into the template of the Old Testament. He joins us to share musings from his new book My Adventures With God, expressing his own formative tales of finding and losing love and himself—told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined through a child’s sense of wonder. Join Tobolowsky for a humorous, essential, and epistemological discussion of our ubiquitous human stories, how we lose ourselves in fear and ambition—in first loves, first jobs, too many dreams mixed with too much beer—and the point in our lives when we stop and proclaim to the universe who we are.
“It’s hard to believe in nothing. Even cats believe in suppertime. As much as we love certainty, we are often shaped by the invisible, the unexplainable—something we call faith. We are inclined to acknowledge the holy. Even if it is only a paper heart we find in an old suitcase.”
Copies of the book are available for pre-purchase with ticket (quantities are limited).
Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and 200 television shows, including unforgettable roles in Mississippi Burning, Groundhog Day, and TV shows Glee and Norman Lear’s recent revival of One Day At A Time. His serial radio podcast of autobiographical stories, The Tobolowsky Files, has become a cult phenomenon and platform for his witty and introspective stories of life, love, triumph, catastrophe, and the entertainment industry.
Presented by SJCC, Jewish Book Council, and Town Hall Seattle as part of the Arts & Culture Series.