Bill Murray, perhaps the world’s favorite comic actor, here reads two poems by the great American modernist poet Wallace Stevens–including the beautifully titled “A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts.”
Like Murray, Stevens fervently maintained a “regular guy” persona–despite his (literary) stardom. He went to work every day as a lawyer at an insurance company in Hartford, CT, often walking there and composing the poems in his head. If a biography were made of Stevens’ life–and there could be, he was once in a fistfight with Ernest Hemingway!–Bill Murray might be the ideal choice. Stevens’ dual life as a poet and businessman is perfect for Murray, who is so good at showing us the duality of our natures, how we are many things at once.