Until recently, Matthew McConaughey was just an Oscar-winning A-list actor. But he’s recently added film school professor, bingo caller, and motivational speaker to his resume. And now, his transformation into true renaissance man continues with the publication of his first memoir.
Greenlights, which borrows its title from the reassuring viral speech McConaughey delivered at the outset of the pandemic, is a collection of excerpts from the journal he’s been keeping for the past 35 years. Judging by his description, it’s going to be classic McConaughey, a blend of the galaxy brain musings of Rust Cohle and the everything’s gonna be cool vibe of David Wooderson.
“I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.”
In a short video he posted to Twitter, McConaughey further explained that he wrote “anything that turned me on, turned me off, made me laugh, made me cry, made me question, or kept me up at night” in his journals.
“Two years ago, I worked up the courage to take all of those journals off into solitary confinement just to see what the hell I had. And I returned with a book.”
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) July 29, 2020
The cover, a black-and-white photo of McConaughey staring off into the distance, hands clasped thoughtfully in front of his face, is perfect. It might be the first time you can actually judge a book by a cover, but we’ll have to wait Greenlights is released on October 30 to find out.