The Rembis Report

An Observation

Non-Fiction - Memoir
236 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2022
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Author Biography

World traveler and try-almost-anything-once enthusiast Mike Rembis has held over 100 jobs in 40 years. He has seen it, done it, and been there. Some of his exploits, like being a french-fry taste tester, make it into his short films and screenplays. Mike acts on stage and screen. He wrote, produced, and directed a few films, and won the 24-Hour Film Challenge at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He lives in Florida where he writes TV scripts and posts essays to his blog.
I was inspired to write The Rembis Report as a way to stay in touch with people. My initial thought was that my life was a work in progress that would culminate in success. It did in many ways, and in other ways, not quite the success I strived for, but experiences beyond compare. So I catalogued all of my correspondence and later realized that I had achieved something else - I had written a memoir.
I see this achievement as another stage of my life, and my documentation of it, as a way to tell a much broader story.
I hope others find it as interesting as the things I find fascinating enough to write about.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

We often hear that if you want to keep your correspondence, you should not write emails but letters because it is much easier to delete and forget the former rather than the latter. That may be true, but Mike Rembis' The Rembis Report is an exception in this regard. This book collects the emails that Rembis wrote to about 200 people between 2006 and 2009 and the replies he received. In those years, the author was away from home and wanted to keep in touch with his friends. The result is that The Rembis Report collects XXXV Volumes in which Rembis recounts his travels, the works for the screen that he was working on, events he experienced, and observations on various topics. In short, The Rembis Report is a very original and entertaining book.

The first thing that came to my mind while reading Mike Rembis' book was that it was a great idea to choose emails to communicate with other people. Here the recipients are many, so in the pages dedicated to their answers, you can feel the energy of many people and not of a single one. Moreover, the variety of themes that Rembis deals with makes The Rembis Report an engaging read. What intrigued me the most was reading Rembis' considerations on The Secret, while the saddest pages are those dedicated to the fire that caused the death of his sister and to Ruperto's accident. Overall, The Rembis Report is a book I thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope many other readers will be equally thrilled.