The news that Neil Patrick Harris is writing a memoir almost doesn’t surprise us because somehow we assumed he had already done so! But no, that candor we’re thinking of comes from his heartfelt coming-out cover for People magazine several years ago and his delightful Twitter account and twitpics. And judging from what we’ve seen there, we can’t believe we have to wait til 2014 to read his actual autobiography.
The publisher described it as “a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir.” Just as cheeky is the description of the author: “Accomplished amateur magician” NPH will “draw upon his love of adventure and surprise in creating the book, as well as upon the many roles he has played in his life and career—from being a child star to coming out, and from acting on Broadway to becoming a proud father.”
Incredibly ambitious, but then again we’re talking about the man who’s played Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother for eight years. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of that flair for spectacle has leaked out of the character and into the man. Remember the HIMYM episode where Barney showed the gang his video resume?
Yeah, that’s about what I imagine NPH means when he says “interactive” and “nonlinear.” Aside from his TV persona, he also cites another inspiration: “I’m excited to be writing a book of the observations and stories of my life. I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?”
Oh, NPH. Now, the most pressing question—will he be wearing a suit on the cover?