Published by Scribner on January 6th 2015
Genres: Biography & Autobiography
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.
In order to review as many books as possible without stressing myself out, these super mini- tweet style reviews are going to help balance my usual review style. I love reviewing books, but sometimes writing a long review is daunting, and then I end up not reviewing the many, many books I’ve read. All my Short and Tweet reviews will be 140 characters or less (except when they are a bit longer). Thanks to Tif from Tif Talks Books for the idea!
I love Patton Oswalt and old movies- although I admit that I am not in the same league as Oswalt. I enjoyed the humor and the movies mentioned, but I connected most with Oswalt’s obsessive infatuation- where a hobby you love takes over your life.
*Part of my A Book A Day Challenge (which is already more successful than I thought it would be!)
Feel free to write your own Short and Tweet Reviews, just add your link in the comments below!