‘Soap’ Book Update

Before I go into the usual rigamarole about where we are with the book and why the bloody blue blazes it’s taking so long (please turn to page 239 in your Soap book excuse hymnal), I wanted to refer you for a moment to history being made.

If you’ve been following Jay Johnson’s blog at all (and really, if you’re at all interested in Soap or excellent showmanship, why would you not?), you know that Jay this very week is performing his Tony award winning one-man show The Two and Only in North Carolina, where it will be filmed for DVD release. However, if you really want to get the most out of this experience, you need to follow the production’s Facebook page.

I know, I know, Facebook is to the human soul what soda is to tooth enamel, but really, he’s been posting some brilliant stuff there. Break a leg, Jay! (Just not your own, OK?)

And now on to the book.

We are about halfway through the part of the process where I send to each person interviewed the segments of the book that either quotes or discusses them. This is quite an involved process where in some cases we go line by line to make sure that we’ve gotten as close as possible to what actually happened. Often this takes the form of a type of “triangulation” where person A remembers something happening one way, person B another way, and person C yet another. It’s at times like this that you just have to go with who you think was in the best position to remember it (some people’s memories are better than others) and what was the most likely thing to have occurred. I still can’t believe so much is remembered of events that happened 35 years ago!

Anyway, thank you for your continued patience and support for this project. I’ve learned a lot more than I ever thought I would,  and hopefully that means the same will go for you all when you finally have the opportunity to read it.

Confused? You won’t be 🙂

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29 comments on “‘Soap’ Book Update

  1. Aaron, Long time no see. I was wondering what happened to you. I’m glad that you’re OK and that the book is coming along. Do you think you will have it out in time for The Holiday Season? If not It doesn’t matter. I can wait. This is going to be a great read. I know it.

    Welcome Back!

    • Hi Becky 🙂 As I always seem to underestimate the time this book will take to complete, I’m going to make everybody’s life easier (including mine) and simply let you all know where I am in this process without projecting when it will actually be published. Rest assured that once it’s actually gone off to the publisher, I will not shut up about it 😉

  2. So much fact checking! Careful or you’re going to give journalism a good name.
    Hey, “Soap” turned 35 yesterday. Happy birthday, “Soap”!

    • And with that, Jeff, I’m appointing you the official “If Aaron Gets Hit By a Bus Between Now and the Time This Book is Finished He Will Step in and Complete It” Person. (I live in Central Phoenix so the odds of this happening are probably higher than you’d think.) Wear the distinction with honor, Mr. K.

  3. Keep up the good work Aaron – if it is half as good as Chris Mann’s book about “Three’s Company” from 1998, you got a winner on your hands, and it’ll be worth the wait!

    • Hi Gary. Alas, the only episodes of Benson the book covers are the two cross-overs with Soap. Considering how long the Soap book is now…well, we DO want you to be able to use your legs again once you get up from reading it 🙂

  4. Aaron, the book won’t cover the PILOT episode of Benson? I hope it does because when SOAP Season #3 made it’s debut Jessica said Benson was BACK, so unless you watched Benson or the SOAP RECAP, special you didn’t know where BENSON went.

    • Hi Becky. The book briefly covers the transition between Soap and Benson for Robert Guillaume, but in terms of detailed coverage, we had to draw the line at the two crossover episodes, lest we end up with a 700-page lap-crusher of a book. This does not rule out a separate Benson book, though 😉

      • Hi, Aaron, that sounds perfect. I’m so glad that the BENSON/SOAP transition and crossover episodes will be covered in this book. A BENSON book sounds like a good idea. 😀

      • coincidentally, last night they showed one of the Benson crossover episodes. (Btw Aaron, do you know if ABC ran Soap and Benson back to back, or did they split them up on different nights?).

      • I know that the first episode of Benson ran the same day as the first episode of Soap’s Third season, but I don’t know how close they were together that day. I would be surprised if they ran back to back as they would be trying to get as many viewers as possible for Benson, so they would probably not want to run it as late as they ran Soap.

    • Watching those crossover Bensons after watching episodes of Soap is a very strange experience — they were such different shows.

    • Hi Lee. All I can tell you is that we just completed layout for the chapter on Season 1. That said, I hope to be posting some excerpts from the book in the next few weeks to give everyone some idea of what they’re in for. (Hmm, I probably should have put that another way…)

    • MY math would be Season 1 + Nov. 19 + another year like this one = Soap fan Jeff Krueger finishing this book after I’ve gone to the big rewrite desk in the sky. (Ugh, liberal arts majors shouldn’t do math in public 😉

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