We all doubled over in fits of laughter when thickly accented Werner Herzog recited every line of the "children's" tale "Go the F**k to Sleep." We slapped our knees and split our sides when Ellen DeGeneres took to the recording studio to bashfully read aloud passages from the sizzling "50 Shades of Grey" (wait until she starts whipping out props). And lest we forget Ellen also selectively read from "A Shore Thing," a novel by Snooki, the spray-tanned-darling of Jersey Shore.
Now, to join the uproarious ranks of awkward book readings is Gary Oldman, who reads aloud from "Soulacoaster" with dramatic Shakespearean flare on Jimmy Kimmel Live. You may recall the news about R. Kelly's recent publication of "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me," a memoir about the rapper's lengthy career, from his ascent to the top of American R&B charts with I Believe I Can Fly to his near downfall fighting legal and personal battles that smeared his name in the tabloids.
According to Josh Levin of Slate, "Soulacoaster" is a great book for "Kelly obsessives," but don't expect anything too revelatory or self-aware. Kelly chooses to forego the wrongdoings he may have committed over the years, leaving "Soulacoaster" to be a very one-directional ride. By his own book description's admission, he is a "creative genius," a "sex symbol," and "the man who puts the 'R' in R&B."
To tease out a little humility in an otherwise self-congratulatory book, Kelly gets to suffer the slings and arrows of a good mock-reading. All in good play, of course.