Silver Screen Fiend

Silver Screen Fiend

[learning About Life From An Addiction to Film]

Audiobook CD - 2015
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The instant New York Times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a "heartfelt and hilarious" ( USA TODAY ) memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively watching classic films at a legendary theater in Los Angeles. " Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match" ( The New York Times ).

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex: it was film. After moving to Los Angeles, Oswalt became a huge film buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton's life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.

Set in the nascent days of LA's alternative comedy scene, Silver Screen Fiend chronicles Oswalt's journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way. "Clever and readable...Oswalt's encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to clich -riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirring in the background like a projector" ( The Boston Globe ). More than a memoir, this is "a love song to the silver screen" ( Paste Magazine ).

Publisher: New York : Audioworks, c2015.
ISBN: 9781442375130
Branch Call Number: BOOKCD 792. 76028092 OSW O
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4 hrs.)


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May 24, 2018

There is definitely a generation gap between the author and me.

Aug 04, 2015

Only two tracks per CD (about 30-45 minutes long), so if you lose your place it's really annoying to find it again.

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