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Napalm & silly putty
Carlin, George.
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Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2001]

Physical Description:
269 pages ; 24 cm
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PN6162 .C276 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PN6162 .C276 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN6162 .C276 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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First UK outing for George Carlin whose first book 'Brain Droppings' spent 40 weeks on the NY Times best-seller list and sold over 700,000 copies in the US! This is a brand new collection of cutting-edge observational humour from one of the pioneers of stand-up comedy whose work has been nominated for 10 Grammys and who also appeared in 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' and 'The Prince of Tides'. 500,000 copy first printing!

Author Notes

Comedian George Carlin was born on May 12, 1937 in Bronx, New York. He began his career at age 19 at the KJOE radio station in Louisiana. After making numerous appearances on TV, Carlin moved to radio and produced two albums, Take-Offs and Put-Ons, and FM & AM, which won a Grammy Award and was the first of four albums in a row to go gold. One of his best known routines was Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television. After performing this routine in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested for disturbing the peace and it also led to an indecency case after WBAI-FM radio aired it in 1973.

Carlin also wrote three books and appeared on television and in movies. Besides his four Grammy Awards for best spoken comedy album, he was nominated for five Emmys. In 2002, Carlin was awarded the Freedom of Speech Award by the First Amendment Center in cooperation with the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and he was the named 11th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in June of 2008. George Carlin passed away at age 71 on June 22, 2008 in Santa Monica, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Some of the observations in Carlin's new collection are amusing or insightful, but it is hard to keep the rapier wit sharp and the mots bon over such a long career. Compare Carlin's run with the Marx Brothers' shorter and funnier one. Their early shows are hot, but the later ones \xc9 after a while, you get stale. OK, there are hilarious send-ups here but also clinkers such as, "I'm curious. What precisely is Zsa Zsa Gabor's job title?" Whah? And that particular lead balloon primes us for the suggestion that other areas of showbiz would profit if their denizens made like the rappers and offed one another. "Julie Andrews putting rat poison in Liza Minnelli's triple vodka" and Little Richard Simmons and Louie Anderson grabbing Rosie O'Donnell and choking her to death--"It's just fun to think about, isn't it?" Anything you say, George. Fans may still love a lot of what's here, and the casually interested might find enough to enjoy, but, as always with Carlin, watch out for the occasional scatological excursion and other four-letter-word activities. --Mike Tribby

Publisher's Weekly Review

Politically incorrect comic and Grammy winner Carlin has shown no signs of burnout during a four-decade career arc as solo stand-up, TV writer and sitcom actor (That Girl; The George Carlin Show), with 18 hit recordings and 10 solo HBO specials, plus film roles (Dogma; The Prince of Tides). Living in L.A. and Vegas, he continues to take his act to stages across the country. Four years ago, Carlin's huge fan following kept his Brain Droppings on the New York Times bestseller list for 40 weeks, so it's no surprise he's back for another round of acrid and oblique observations on modern mores. He covers a wide range of issues from rape and religion to the homeless: "There's no war on homelessness... it's because there's no money in it." And any topic is fair game: abortion, airport security, cars, funerals, language, organ donors, sports, technology, TV and war. On the latter, he says, "Men, insecure about the size of their penises, choose to kill one another." Over 100 scintillating short pieces are interrupted by loony lists and hundreds of clever one-liners. The fragmented format and colloquial style of writing suggest that much of this laugh-out-loud book is drawn directly from Carlin's stage act. Several satires here ("A day in the life of Henry VIII," a nine-page interview with Jesus, an avant-garde play program) indicate a different direction Carlin might consider for future books. (May 1) Forecast: HighBridge's abridged audiocassette and CD might lead some to peruse the book, which splashes in the wake of a massive Carlin retrospective ("From Class Clown to Social Critic") two months ago at the Museum of Television & Radio (N.Y./L.A.). With a 10-city author tour and national publicity, sales could equal those of Brain Droppings (700,000 copies). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The venerable iconoclast Carlin scores again with this collection of anecdotes and barbs. Sometimes juvenile, often curmudgeonly, Carlin is best when he goes to the edge. When he takes on air travel, he's mildly humorous; when he compares cats and dogs, he's fairly funny. Those are just warmups, however, for his attacks on sacred cows. The war on drugs, he asserts, would better be called "the war on the Constitution." As for kids, he states, "Your children are overrated and overvalued." He decries the loss of hazardous toys: "Whatever happened to natural selection?" He even argues for taxing churches and calls cemeteries a waste of valuable land. As he says, "If honesty were introduced into American life, everything would collapse." While the book is a print best seller, Carlin's inimitable raspy delivery lifts the tape to another level. Note that there is regular, though hardly inappropriate, vulgarity. For all humor collections. Norman Oder, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.