This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories from the past four decades spotlights the star’s extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.
Bill Murray is one of the world’s most beloved celebrities—but his off-screen antics rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Gavin Edwards traveled the country to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, and interviewed everyone from rock stars to bartenders, in search of the most epic, outrageous, and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported: the time Bill paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool; the day he convinced Harvard’s JV women’s basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops; and, over and over again, surreal encounters with strangers that end with Bill whispering, “No one will ever believe you.”
But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. Like no book before it, this volume puts the actor’s public clowning in the context of a larger philosophy. Edwards distills Murray’s unique way of being into a set of guiding principles: Never settle for the ordinary. Seek out and share pleasure and joy every day. Always try to surprise yourself and those around you. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photo bombs, street corner encounters, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for anyone who calls themselves a Bill Murray fan, which is to say, everyone.