In Napalm & Silly Putty, George Carlin, the thinking person’s comic, offers a hilarious new collection of razor-sharp observations on God, language, death, pets. More Napalm and Silly Putty has ratings and 27 reviews. Steven said: This is a hellarious commentary on American life looked at side ways by George C. Comedian George Carlin, author of a book of comic essays, Napalm and Silly Putty, talks about the indignities and uselessness of going through airport security.
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To me, it’s just one big, all-around, everyday rage.
I don’t have time for fine distinctions. Most sentences in the book coul. Most sentences in the book could be lifted out to stand alone and provoke deep thought: Do some people cook that stuff?
He can do an extended bit too, most memorably the transcript of Jesus on a talk show plugging his new tell-all memoir about the Trinity, Three’s a Crowd. Carlin is funny, but genuinely angry and poignant at times: Sad, but about right. And how did Carlin get into his line of business, “thinking up goofy s,” as he puts it? There’s a clue in one entry in this book: These are the kind of thoughts that kept me from moving quickly up the corporate ladder.
Thank god Carlin stayed low on the corporate food chain and high on his own utterly idiosyncratic ideas! 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: On the latter, he says, “Men, insecure about the size of their penises, choose to kill one another. The fragmented format and colloquial style of writing suggest puhty 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 carln consider for future books.
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Everest because it’s hard to do, why do they go up on the easy side? You’ll learn what Carlin thinks of saving the planet, his suggestion for revamping the prison system, and why he prays to Joe Pesci. Paperbackpages. Published April 10th by Hachette Books first published January 1st Audie Award for Humor To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Carpin honor of Carlin’s unfortunate passing from this world to the next, I thought that I would spend some time involved in personal reflection and active remembrance by perusing one of his humor encapsulation modules.
He was a dirty, foul-mouthed son of a bitch, but he said what he thought and n In honor of Carlin’s unfortunate passing from this world to the next, I thought that I would spend some time involved in personal reflection and active remembrance by perusing one of his humor encapsulation modules.
He was a dirty, foul-mouthed son of a bitch, but he said what he thought and never gave a damn what other people thought of him. He knew the true nature of humanity – we carlun such evil, vicious bastards that we would invent something as destructive and painful as napalm, but at the same time we can create something whose sole purpose is to bring whimsy into our lives – silly putty.
Carlin knew that humans were impossible to categorize as “good” zilly “evil” and he let us know that as loudly as possible.
I knew what I was getting when I started this book — one of the many books written by the late George Carlin. I expected the rants, the obscenities, the criticism and the insight of this comedic icon of the latter 20th century. You had his typical Carlin comments about government, politics, sex, drugs, music, sports, religion — typical in that in the anti-establishment world of George Carlin, no subject was immune to his thinking and he made you think about the day-to-day events impacting thes I knew what I was getting when I started this book — one of the many books written by the late George Carlin.
Again, what made Carlin so funny was his presence on stage and his rapid fire delivery about his perception of the world.
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Attending a George Carlin concert was an adventure in humor that got people to think about their fellow human and rampant absurdities that impact our lives. Sure, you can watch a video, but Carlin was at his best cxrlin a live auditorium. As good as he was, his series of books don’t capture the geoorge magic as his live performances. Frankly, all but his final book leave the impression that Carlin was a man bitter at the world, lashing out at everything he critique.
I suppose a new reader curious of the Carlin mystique would appreciate the printed cynicism that made Carlin great on stage, but this book and others like it really don’t reflect the true genius that Carlin exhibited as a touring sillg.
Funny, but he comes across better when performing in front of an audience. Feb 15, lit. I particularly love – and support – his religion rant. I will admit that outright.
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I love his comedy, his outlook on humanity. Cruel, hateful, but funny and honest, and always on a slight positive side no matter how dark. So this books is a rambling. The sad thing is, having read this after his death, and seen most of his stand-up. A lot of these jokes are in the stand-up so t warning: A lot of these jokes are in the stand-up so they’re repeated just not in Netflix or DVD format.
But I love his work too much to do that. Oct 20, Cheralyn rated it it was amazing. Another fantastic book by Carlin. My particular favorite from this one is the bit about airplanes.
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I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t breathe! Sep 29, Paul Pessolano rated it liked it. Category — Comedy Publication Date – April 24, The first thing one must do before reading this book is to make sure they know who George Carlin is and know his approach to comedy and life.
If not, one could be in for a rude awakening.
Carlin is known for being outspoken on very controversial subject, least of which is religion. One must also be aware that Carlin uses language that can be very offensive to many people. Some of his less offensive remarks are: I tried to give up heroin, but my efforts were all in vein.
You rarely run into a damsel anymore. There are many more musings like this in the book, many touching on subjects like death, abortion, war, and sexuality. I must admit that I much prefer his live concerts than his books, although a lot of the materials for his books come from his concerts.
Oct 08, Kevin McAllister rated it really liked it. I’ve been a fan of George Carlin for the longest time and have watched his skits countless times. I was in need of a bit of a laugh and decided to give one of his books a try.
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Sadly, just not the same. Even though, interestingly enough,some passages were identical to skits I’ve seen, just wasn’t the same. They say comedy is all in the delivery and without George’s voice and mannerisms, it just didn’t find it as amusing.
Although I will admit to laughing out loud and drawing some stares during my I’ve been a fan of George Carlin for the longest time and have grorge his skits countless times. Although I will admit to laughing out loud and drawing some geoege during my commutes to and from work. What did surprise me about this book was that I found myself, on a number of occasions, actually offended.
When watching a skit, I know George is putting acrlin a show and doesn’t actually mean lots of the things he says. But when you actually see some of these hateful words on the printed page, they are quite jarring. Just goes to demonstrate the power of the printed word. Perhaps that was what George was shooting for. I needed something to cleanse my palate after two novels set during the Holocaust.
This did the trick. While George Carlin geogge eminently funny, I noticed the carlon problem with this book as I did with Stephen Colbert’s book.
That is, comedians who make their success by playing off a live audience do beorge translate well to the static written word. The whole point of a comedy routine is to interact with others, soliciting reactions and feeding off of them.
Listening to Carlin read his book was the sam I needed something to cleanse my palate after two dilly set during the Holocaust. Listening to Carlin read his book was the same as listening to Colbert read his: It sounded a little pathetic.
Also, if you know Carlin’s live stuff, then you will notice a distict reduction in energy level, timing, and punch as he simply reads into a microphone. There’s a little bit there, but it’s just not the same as his hilarious live sioly. Still, the guy’s an absolute riot. You can’t go wrong with Carlin.
Nov 24, Will Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m a latecomer to Carlin but, like most great artists, sometimes you don’t appreciate something until it is gone. This bathroom friendly book was great for short spurts as I read other, denser things when I had my little time.