Last Words by George Carlin - Now in paperback, this posthumous work by an American classic was a fitting last book, an instant bestseller, and a huge. The Last Word: An Interview With George Carlin, and Saint-Exupéry. And, as I just poor translation of the French word “perdu,” which means “lost.” Lost time. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. For more than a decade before his death, groundbreaking stand-up comedian Carlin had been working on his .
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Last Words [George Carlin, Tony Hendra] on medical-site.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Now in paperback, this posthumous work by an American. Last Words book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. As one of America's preeminent comedic voices, George Carlin saw it all . Last Words - George Carlin. James Lawrence Joyce. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can download the paper by clicking the.
For every time it looked like his life would tumble into the abyss, he found a way to crawl away from the edge. And ultimately he finds a measure of peace in his old age; freedom from cocaine, stability in his relationships and comic material that fulfilled his need for meaningful social critique. How easily he could have been just another genius comedian who gained success too fast and died too young. And had Carlin's life been cut short I never would have come to think of him as such a stable personality, only to have my expectations so thoroughly shattered as I laughed along reading about his life.
May 24, Sheri rated it really liked it. I've been an admirer of George Carlin since I was a teenager. My high school boyfriend took me to see Carlin in concert in KC at a time when Carlin was being threatened with arrest in every city he performed in if he did his "Seven Dirty Words" routine. Well, he did the routine, but only after having the operators of the stage lights turn up the house lights so he could point out the Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents stationed at the back of the room.
Perhaps not surprisingly, he didn't get I've been an admirer of George Carlin since I was a teenager. Perhaps not surprisingly, he didn't get arrested that night. When I was in my 20's, while attending law school, we read the Pacifica case in my constitutional law course, which dealt with that very Carlin routine and whether it could be broadcast on the radio.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court found Carlin's routine "offensive," and upheld the sanctions that the FCC had imposed on the radio station. Fast forward to the last ten years, when I've been teaching constitutional law myself.
I always played the Carlin routine for my Con Law students, and asked them what, if any, message Carlin was attempting to convey to his audience. They almost uniformly responded that he was both trying to entertain by being funny AND to criticize how arbitrary the "establishment" can be in attaching sanctions to words that the dominant culture doesn't like. That latter message is core political speech -- something that virtually all scholars believe lies at the center of our First Amendment protections.
Nonetheless, the Supreme Court inexplicably failed to comprehend that message in Carlin's monologue. Carlin was a brilliant satirist and wordsmith. His death in was a great loss for people who enjoyed his combination of social commentary and extraordinary command of the English language. This book is Carlin's autobiography, in his own words.
Unlike many famous folk whose memoirs read like an after-the-fact justification for how wonderful they are, Carlin is quick to point out his personal shortcomings and life mistakes. So read this book, and listen to one or more of his comedy routines.
I highly recommend "Seven Words Jan 09, Jesse rated it did not like it Shelves: I was given this as an Xmas gift from a friend and read it all the way through in part for that reason-- the feeling that when given a book as a gift, one should see it through.
I hadn't listened to Carlin in years-- since I was teenager at least, if not earlier, but I had a fond recollection of him, a sense that he was a pretty sharp social commentator and a funny guy. Maybe that was true, but it doesn't come through in the book, for the most part.
The writing is poor-- in part because it's tra I was given this as an Xmas gift from a friend and read it all the way through in part for that reason-- the feeling that when given a book as a gift, one should see it through.
The writing is poor-- in part because it's transcribed from discussions by Tony Hendra, who I expected could do much better , but in part because it's not terribly inventive, creative, or evocative. Most shocking is the terrible unfunniness of the bits he includes, so unfunny that it's almost embarrassing to read them. The Carlin I remember from when I was younger seemed funny on every topic, but what he quotes here is just flat on the page. Toward the end, as he gets into his more political works in the 90s, it picks up a little, but that's really only in the last 50 pages.
Even then-- his politics are a little weird, and there's a lot of stuff about his complaints about having to pay huge amounts of tax and being chased for being a celebrity that he doesn't seem to notice clash against his righteous anger about the divide between rich and poor in America. But also unsettling is the undercurrent of misogyny that runs through the book, starting when he describes his "first group sex," which is a bunch of teenaged guys holding down a girl and fondling her breasts.
He says she "didn't struggle" but was clearly upset by it but still plays it for a laugh-- that really left me disgusted. Similar stuff about him fighting with his wife made me really uneasy. Altogether a real disappointment in many ways and on many levels. View all 14 comments. Jul 01, Kirsti rated it liked it Shelves: I had no idea that George Carlin was once arrested for armed robbery.
It really did turn out to be a crazy misunderstanding.
Carlin and his cowriter Tony Hendra did not want to write a memoir because, to them, that word was a tiresome combination of me and moi. So they referred to this as a "sortabiography. There were three or four years in there, mid to late seventies.
Cincinnati Reds? Twice in I had no idea that George Carlin was once arrested for armed robbery. Twice in a row? When the fuck did that happen? How the fuck did that happen? Dropping acid was a profound turning point for me.
More people should do acid. It should be sold over the counter. He was a heavy user of cocaine; his wife was an alcoholic.
They are part of the process. I write, they edit. Anarchy and comedy are a team. Dec 07, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it Shelves: Nothing spectacular, but well edited and thus not overlong like some bios. It was interesting to learn the personal history behind the public image. I always enjoyed Carlin's unique perspectives, although some of his humor was admittedly a little raw and crass.
I liked the way he refused to conform to trends of "correctness" and often said things the rest of us were thinking but weren't bold enough to say. Nov 24, Gus Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: In Last Words , George Carlin takes a crack at writing his autobiography.
Not content with the self-serving, aggrandizing tone that just about every autobiography takes, Carlin coins the term "sortabiography" to reflect upon his storied career, his childhood, his upbringing, and other seminal events in his life. Having completed his "sortabiography" just before his death in July and edited by his longtime friend Tony Hendra, whom you'll remember as the well-meaning but clueless manager of t In Last Words , George Carlin takes a crack at writing his autobiography.
Having completed his "sortabiography" just before his death in July and edited by his longtime friend Tony Hendra, whom you'll remember as the well-meaning but clueless manager of that legendary band Spinal Tap , Last Words is a wonderful read for the fact that, if anything, Carlin's love affair with words and language is also evident in his writing style.
As you're reading the words on paper, you can hear Carlin's cadence come through, tentative and young early on, muscular and playfully belligerent towards the end. Carlin doesn't spend much time going over some of his now-legendary routines.
For Carlin to have been part of a case heard by the Supreme Court, and for that case to be later dissected and studied in law schools across America, it's a huge source of pride for him. Carlin probably figured you've heard his Seven Words riff, and other riffs before, so there's probably not much more he can add to what you already know, because, as a comedian, he's fully aware that how he tells the joke rather than the joke itself is what you take away from that experience.
Nor does Carlin skimp on the less-savory aspects of his life, especially that period in the late '70s when cocaine threatened to derail his career, and his foolish his words rebellion against the government in the form of tax evasion.
Simply put, Carlin suffered from the very same big-headedness that many of his peers especially Richard Pryor, whom George speaks of very fondly, and knowingly, considering Carlin was very aware Pryor was his only true contemporary , and his hubris nearly cost him everything. But he eventually grinned and beared it, kicking his habit and working tirelessly, without complaint, to repay all the taxes he hadn't paid.
Yet he never lost that anti-authoritarian streak that was part and parcel of his act, and his comeback in the early '80s showcased a leaner, meaner machine ready to make you laugh and think at the same time. The one thing you'll take from this "sortabiography" again is George Carlin's love of words. But that's exactly why you loved George Carlin in the first place; any stand-up can tell a dick joke, but no one told a dick joke the way George Carlin told a dick joke.
View 1 comment. Sep 28, Jack Rowley added it. I was always a fan of George Carlin; one of my first downloads was his first album Take-Offs and Put-Ons, which I played so often that even today I can repeat major portions of it.
If you're looking for this to be as funny as his concerts, you will be disappointed. If you want to know about the guy, which I did, you'll find this an engaging read. I really respect the way he expressed his thoughts and his love for words. Although we are both Irish Catholic, he's much more into the Irish thing and I was always a fan of George Carlin; one of my first downloads was his first album Take-Offs and Put-Ons, which I played so often that even today I can repeat major portions of it.
Although we are both Irish Catholic, he's much more into the Irish thing and I'm considerably more into the Catholic thing. It was interesting to see how obsessive-compulsive he was in preparing new material and the many paradoxes in his life, such as: He has no problem laying out many sordid details along the way. Interestingly, he and his wife stayed together for 38 years until she died of cancer.
Carlin noticeably pulls back in describing Brenda's death. It's noticeable; as if paragraphs are missing and one can feel that the guy who had no problem talking about anything just can't bring himself to revisit that moment. I also found it interesting that in concert he spells out in no uncertain terms that he is an atheist, but throughout the book there are many "if God is real Maybe that's just my wishful thinking though. As you would expect, he doesn't think twice talking about the celebrities he's met along the way, most memorably when he hosted SNL and suggested to cast member Billy Crystal that the two of them someday work together.
Crystal blew him off and said something condescending to the effect of "Yeah, I don't see that ever happening. His days on the panel of The Mike Douglas Show and "Merv" offer some nice insight of the forced grouping of celebrities. I didn't want it to end, which is how I felt about the author's life.
Aug 24, Menglong Youk rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the Carlin's "philosophy" that I have adopted. All of his stand-up specials and books are not only hilarious, but they are also thought-provoking, challenged us to look at the world from his point of 4.
All of his stand-up specials and books are not only hilarious, but they are also thought-provoking, challenged us to look at the world from his point of views. I must admit that many of his views were opposite from mine, and thus making me feel uncomfortable, but the more I thought about it, the more reasonable his became, and as Carl Sagan would say, we should change our views if others are more creditable and back-uped by facts and strong arguments.
This book is a sort of memoir of Carlin. He opened up his childhood, relationship with his family, substance addiction, and his journey into comedy, filled with hilarious and brutally honest segments. If you like his stand-up comedy, you will also love this book. Georgie Carlin grew up with an alcoholic father, a neurotic mother, a brother who served as the punching bag for their dad and tyhe imprimatur of all of new York shaping his childhood..
His brother Pat reads his bio or auto bio on audible.. Carlin was flawed? Of course.. But thus so are we all Comics just get to put their flaws on display He and Jack waited.. As the cops bum rushed him out the door?
He turned to his long-suffering wife Honey I'm going to jail His schtick about several appearances on the Ed Sullivan are hilarious Carlin was called over once to chat after his set Let's hear it for George! Ladies and gentleman Jose Feliciano tremendous singer and guitar player And he's Puerto Rican.. Let's hear it for Jose Feliciano Pat is a great writer and he sounds like? Guess who..
His brother Georgie.. Pat had three and George had two The army gave George his one big break.. Burns he credits with giving him the liberal sensibilities that followed him the rest of his life..
Burns drove the crazy right out of george They traveled.. George his new bride and jack This is a very good book Of course you should read it.. There's love ion every word Terry Gav Apr 12, Barney rated it really liked it.
I saw Carlin perform twice in my life, but became aware of him when I secretly watched Carlin at Carnegie when I was about 10 or 11 while my folks were bowling on a Friday. I didn't understand a lot of what he was saying, but I knew some bad language when I heard it.
It was the stuff that my dad and mom yelled at each other all the time. Except this was incredibly funny, not filled with menace and fear. Perhaps the thing I liked about this book the least was the somewhat lengthy quotations from these albums. Shit I've had those fuckin' things memorized since I was about 12 or The three things that make this a must read book are: Yes, there are drugs here in mass quantities.
But it is not a story about the glories of drug abuse, nor the lamenting of the effects of drug abuse. Carlin maintains an attitude of that is in the past.
With many other writers I would call Bull Shit, but not him. With many "show biz" biographies, tales of drinking three cases of beer with Peter Fonda or insert-known-addict-here and winding up teabagging insert-celebrity-you-despise-here are banal. Carlin was there, did that and spent the last four years of his life sober. Carlin was first and foremost a performer, and his writings about audiences are insightful and grand. A word that gets abused in this culture is "authentic", but Carlin was authentically one of those people at his best on a stage.
He knew it and here is matter of fact about it, again a refreshing item. There is also little or no name dropping, something I can't stand. I really don't give a shit about who celebrities hang out with in their spare time.
I want to learn about how they do what they do, and Carlin is exhaustive in the hows-and-whys department. The growth in his comedy lay in the fact that he never stopped learning or trying to find new information. While an excellent lesson for each of us, I never realized how much of an effect this has had upon me as a writer. Carlin's stuff stands up well because, as he so eloquently put it, "Bullshit is the glue of our society. Aug 11, Jeff rated it really liked it. This labels itself as a "sortabiography.
Sometimes they would have a specific theme or time period in mind, and sometimes they would just have a conversation with the tape recorder going. And although they never had the time to put it together while Mr. Carlin was alive, Hendra took it upon himself to assemble all the bits and pieces. And the result is amazing. I have always been a Carlin fan This labels itself as a "sortabiography.
I have always been a Carlin fan, from since way before I should have been allowed to watch his stand-up. But my parents knew that he was saying important things that I needed to hear. Eventually, I read his three books as well. They are more about language and funny business than ideas, but Carlin was a man of depth. From abortion to war to religion to snot to dogs to drugs to words to prison to leftovers in the fridge to sports to I absorbed it all. Read more. Product details Paperback: Free Press; Reprint edition November 2, Language: English ISBN Start reading Last Words on your Kindle in under a minute.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. This book is an amazing parting gift George Carlin has left us. After decades of making us laugh with his wry insights into the human condition, Carlin pulls back the curtain and lets into his most intimate, unguarded moments.
These are the moments that contributed to his outlook and his routines. And they make up an epiphany. Business troubles, drug troubles, heart troubles And in this, his final book, he tells us what it was like first-hand, warts and all. This is not a compilation of his stand-up bits; there are plenty of those and I'm not dismissing them - they are among my favorite books. Rather, this book is the culmination of nearly fifteen years of collaborative work with the fabulous Tony Hendra of Father Joe fame to document George's life in words.
And, in so doing, to make us think - what else would you expect from a book by George Carlin? Hendra completed the book after Carlin's death, and his deft hand finished things up wonderfully. George Carlin blazed a trail with a few other rare talents Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and Bill Hicks are among the only to come to mind.
We were fortunate to have had Carlin walking among us as long as he did. We are also fortunate to have this amazing posthumous work. I have been a fan of George Carlin since I was around 10 yrs old when I found my dad's 33rpm record of Occupation: I had no idea what it was at the time but the many pictures of George on the cover in various weird poses grabbed my curiosity. I was hooked and laughing hysterically after only the first side of the album. It is nice to read this book, written in a style that assures you that George wrote it.
It is also a pleasant surprise to read that many of the life experiences George related about his past in various sketches were true. He, of course, relates all these in the George Carlin no-nonsense way he has related everything else in his life.
With the wisdom George spout forth in his many comedy routines, it is a shame that 1 he died so early and 2 more people have not woken up and realized how smart he really was.
Anyone who has followed George during their life will find this book extremely entertaining, insightful, shocking and funny as George always was. Kindle Edition Verified download. As a fan from childhood, this man, and legend, became one of the voices that guided me throughout the years. Not blindly, I questioned it all, but it seemed his words resonated deeply within me and I was always fascinated by that.
Now, as an adult and aspiring artist, I understand so much more than ever and powerfully moved by what he had to finally say I've learned so much and I'm certain all other fans will have the same astounding experience as I have had. One person found this helpful. Hardcover Verified download. After Carlin died, Hendra set out to assemble the book just as Carlin would have wanted.
This book was also released twice in Audiobook format. The first recording at unabridged length narrated by Johnny Heller and the second with George's brother Patrick reading an abridgment. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. National Public Radio. November 17, Los Angeles Times. The Washington Post. George Carlin. Parental Advisory: