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Conversations with Carlin: An In-Depth Discussion with George Carlin about Life, Sex, Death, Drugs, Comedy, Words, and so much more [Kindle Edition]

Larry Getlen
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Book Description

What if you could take the smartest, funniest, most interesting person you ever met, and ask them their thoughts on everything from the deeply personal to the most broadly philosophical topics, including love, sex, death, morality, religion, childhood, and so much more?

Journalist Larry Getlen was fortunate enough to have this experience with one of the greatest and most influential comedians of all time, the late George Carlin.

In this extended interview, Getlen spoke to Carlin about all the subjects above and more, finding the veteran comic, who changed the way comedians approach the art of stand-up comedy several times over the course of his remarkable fifty-year career, to be even more intelligent and contemplative than one might expect. Carlin never shied away from difficult subjects, answering every question as if he had been mulling over the topic at hand for years before reaching his well-stated conclusion.

Conversations with Carlin highlights the comedian’s anti-authoritarian views - what he would refer to as his “outsidership” - on almost every page, and features his extensive thoughts on the topics most closely associated with him, comedy and words. But the book also presents sides of the man that his fans have rarely, if ever, seen before, as he discusses topics like the importance to him of romantic love - George was with the same woman for almost four decades, until her death in 1997 - and the conditions under which he would put his life on the line and go off to war.

Conversations with Carlin will be a revelation for longtime fans, providing one of the most in-depth looks yet at this brilliant comedy icon, while also serving as the perfect introduction for those just now discovering George Carlin and his vast influence on the comedy world.


Larry Getlen is a veteran journalist who has written for TIME, Esquire, New York Magazine, Radar, and the New York Post. He’s also a comedy writer and former stand-up comedian who has appeared on “Chappelle’s Show,” and was once booed off-stage at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. He lives in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @larrygetlen.

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  • Print Length: 89 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GT524Q8
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I learned something new, I know you will too. December 2, 2013
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I cherish getting to read stuff like this about my dad. We all rarely know all there is to know about what rattles around in our parent's minds. Reading this let me learn a few new things about how he saw the world. Larry asked some amazing questions that had never been put to dad. Thank you, Larry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful interview with a much-missed comedy great November 21, 2013
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As a longtime Carlin fan, I was so thrilled to be able to spend some time with the non-performing side of him. You learn his routines and you cherish his deftly honed turns of phrase, so it's fascinating to hear him (er, read - but you can also hear his voice in your head, at least I could) talking in normal conversational style about such a wide range of subjects. I've read various magazine interviews with him over the years, but none, obviously, was able to go to this length. And Carlin deserves this length. Larry Getlen obviously developed a great rapport with his subject, delving into topics from Carlin's formative childhood to really lofty philosophical questions, and Carlin, bless him, was game for discussing all of them. This is such a gift for anyone who loves Carlin and, like me, feels like the world became a less interesting place the day he died. Will make my Christmas shopping easy, for at least a couple of likeminded friends and family members.
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Conversations with Carlin is thoroughly enjoyable. I just finished it, and I LOVED IT. I really didn't want to stop reading. It is a fairly short book (approximately equivalent to 89 pages, or so Amazon says). Although I always had positive thoughts about George Carlin -- I knew he was smart and funny and unique -- I wasn't a big follower of his act/shows/books. I never realized he was such a thinker. I honestly enjoyed reading his thoughts and I loved the questions the interviewer asked to bring those thoughts out.

I particularly loved the "argument against parental supervision," the way Carlin almost wasn't born (no spoilers here), reading about how Carlin came up with ideas, his thoughts on politics and education, and especially his thoughts on George Bush. Great stuff!

Conversations with Carlin was one of the most readable books of contemporary philosophy I've ever read.

(Sidenote: I felt that Getlen had the right amount of journalistic professionalism to keep himself out of it - really focusing on Carlin the entire time. That really helped me lose myself in the what Carlin was saying, and not have to feel like I was experiencing him through someone else's lens. I mean, I *was* experiencing him through Getlen's lens, but at least the lens was invisible, if you know what I mean.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin, you are missed. February 7, 2014
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Like many people, I tremendously enjoyed George Carlin's stand-up acts. He fearlessly smashed taboos, myths, and dogmas, and made us all laugh. Now you can get a peek inside his thought process with this collect of Q&As. I particularly enjoyed learning about how he gained his sense of independence and autonomy as a child (hint: it had to do with a father figure not being around), and how he came to develop his worldview.

Carlin was pessimistic about social institutions, and of humanity's ability to collectively overcome its flaws. His essential view is that we are a cosmic accident, and that it made little sense to fight for causes. He refused to vote, and skewered political institutions. I suppose that the best way to describe him would be a left-wing libertarian, if any label would work for him (and he certainly had little use for labels). Nonetheless, he was personally upbeat, and he was optimistic about his own life and the lives of those close to him.

If you're feeling world-weary, reading this slim volume will, in a strange way, make you feel better. If there's one lesson to take from Carlin's standup work and life, it's that you can think that civilization and the world are screwed, but that we as individuals can be happy in spite of that. Peace unto him.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about George Carlin is right here. Conveniently captured in a nice and organized 80 pages -- the time will breeze by as the reader learns about the mystery and mystic of the legendary George Carlin. Larry Getlen is a master interviewer and has no problem keeping George focused to ensure all questions were appropriately answered.
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3.0 out of 5 stars George Carlin June 29, 2014
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I had expected to find some humor in the book. It was okay for a book about the philosophy of living
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rest in Peace April 15, 2014
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Worth reading if you are a fan of George Carlin. You can hear him speaking. George always thought outside the box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Larry Getlen shows Carlin's quick mind at work March 31, 2014
By Wag
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This is great.
I wish it was on video.
Larry Getlen would make a great talk host or shrink.
He fires rapid questions at Carlin.
So you see Carlin's quick mind at work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Man behind the humor
Bought this for my son because he was writing an essay on Carlin use of his comedy to express his nonconformism. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sally Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent perspective into Carlin's mind
Great words from a comedic genius - the book provides honest interviews with Carlin to let us know what inspires him, how America has impacted him and what drives him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Asare
4.0 out of 5 stars A great interview book with one of my favorite comedians
A great interview book with one of my favorite comedians. If you only know George's comedy and you want to know more about him and how he thinks...this is a very fine purchase.
Published 3 months ago by J. Lacombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for true fans....
Here I thought how George Carlin thinks. What are his ideals or his outlook on life?. When I read this book I understood the man behind all the great shows.
Published 5 months ago by Kumar
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Carlin fan you must get this.
Terrific in-depth, long interview from George Carlin. Possibly the reason ebooks were invented.
Published 5 months ago by David Raffin
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent interview with george carlin
Loved the book. If there is one man who can wrap about the system and the man and mind numbing commercialism it is Carlin. Loved it!
Published 6 months ago by B-Rad
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not worth reading or purchasing.
Published 6 months ago by Mbrow442
4.0 out of 5 stars getting to know the brain of Carlin
Good window into Carlin's intellect. There isn't much humor but that isn't the focus of this book. Being a huge fan of Carlin and knowing all of his background I still found this... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin is sofa king bueno.
Yes! I'm glad another human exists and thinks as I think. I'd buy a drink at a bar for Carlin any day.
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Pannone
5.0 out of 5 stars None
Just finished this tome about Carlin. I reccomend it to any of his fans. R.I.P. George, I really miss your type of humor.
Published 9 months ago by Gregoory F. Harris
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