Rainn Wilson/photo by AP
After a quick scan of Rainn Wilson's upcoming autobiography, "The Bassoon King," we're sad to report that the book fails to mention any juicy details about his work on the Guthrie stage, plays that strengthened his chops and helped prepare him for semi-stardom on the small screen as Dwight Schrute in "The Office."
Wilson does mention former Guthrie director Joe Dowling, but that's in a self-deprecating anecdote about a Broadway production of "London Assurance" that they worked on together.
Wilson doesn't completely ignore Minnesota. Early in the book, he mentions how his grandfather's brother high-tailed it to Thief River Falls to open an auto parts store.
Most notably, he honors the state sound in a chapter entitled, "The Greatest Albums of the Early Eighties." His top ten includes Husker Du's "Zen Arcade" ("Hardcore punk opera") and The Replacement's "Let It Be" ("Drunk-punk poets of the northern plains").
The bio, which comes out Nov. 10, doesn't serve up much negative dish, although it does include a tangent on the worthlessness of film and TV critics.
"They righteously pass judgment from their laptops on other people's work and have simply never laid out their hearts and minds and souls to an audience attempting to entertain, uplift and challenge. So suck it, critics."
Fortunately, in this case, Wilson doesn't make any local references.