By Craig Ferguson
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson supplies a relocating and achingly humorous memoir of dwelling the yank dream as he trips from the suggest streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. alongside the best way he stumbles via a number of makes an attempt to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a development employee, a bouncer, and, tragically, a contemporary dancer.
To numb the discomfort of failure, Ferguson chanced on convenience in medicinal drugs and alcohol, addictions that finally resulted in an aborted suicide try out. (He forgot to do it while a person provided him a pitcher of sherry.) yet his tale has a cheerful finishing: good fortune at the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later because the host of CBS's Late past due Show. through a long way Ferguson's maximum triumph was once his determination to turn into a U.S. citizen, a milestone he accomplished in early 2008.
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a purple, white, and blue streak approximately every little thing our Founding Fathers feared.
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It was a plan. A big plan. An entire new town built about fifteen miles outside Glasgow itself. One of three, in fact. East Kilbride, like Cumbernauld a satellite of Glasgow and Livingston, was built on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It is hard to convey the dreariness of these gloomy wastelands, of which Cumbernauld was and is undoubtedly the worst. These atrocities were designed by pseudointellectual modernists who believed that the automobile would replace feet sometime in the 1970s. Any money they had left over from making boxlike dwelling hutches was spent on horrendous concrete abstract sculptures, totems to the gods of utter banality, which were placed throughout the town in random locations.
They had schemes for the proles. Housing schemes—vast areas of cheap matchbox houses with none of the attendant luxuries of urban life, like a cinema or a store or a library, just miles of miserable towers built on the edge of the city. They looked and felt not unlike the projects on the outskirts of Moscow or East Berlin, with the added bonus of the damp Scottish climate to up the ante of misery. But Cumbernauld wasn’t just a scheme. It was a plan. A big plan. An entire new town built about fifteen miles outside Glasgow itself.
The only way to endure a public education in Scotland in the 1960s and seventies was to remain anonymous. Don’t fail. Don’t succeed. Don’t appear. Just don’t. Any movement was potentially dangerous. This will tend to quell a child’s natural ambition. I certainly learned to shut up about any dreams I had. It astonished me to learn, later on, that education wasn’t always like this. School did give me one of the greatest gifts of my life, though. I learned how to read, and for that I remain thankful.