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Sally Wade is a comedy writer and performer who has written over thirty-five screenplays, TV episodes, and development deals. Sally has written for Norman Lear, Beach Boys, President Ford, George Clooney, Elliot Gould, Doobie Brothers, and others. She is currently writing for herself.
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Printing edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607765
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a lifelong fan of George Carlin I could not resist. George's creativity is on full display through this book with his not surprisingly clever but sometimes very surprisingly deeply emotional notes to his girlfriend of a decade. As a writer Sally Wade contributes effective story telling but certainly not enough content for a book,maybe a nice magazine article. The real reason I (and most I assume) would buy this is to read more of George's writing, and that is my problem.

Much of this is very very private and personal and I'm not convinced Mr Carlin would appreciate his love notes being published for profit in his absence. I remember towards the end of his life George responding to quotes attributed to him on the net by saying..if its not in my books or my recordings or videos(DVDs) then I didn't say it. He was proud of the body of his work and I personally think Sally Wade takes great liberty in taking sole writing credit for this book. The note Sally found on her computer "The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade" which is displayed at the Prologue and which Sally credits for kick starting the book...would have been a great title and a great opener if after that came a book's worth of great story telling and writing by Sally. What we have are private letters written by one of the great men of my time to the last love of his life. In an earlier time the grieving Ms Wade would cherish these notes and perhaps write about her wonderful love story...but in our time, its just easier to open the box copy them all ..add a few pictures and copy and ...instant George Carlin book.

I don't believe writers of words or music should have the work they chose not to publish or record in their lifetime released after they pass.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By crazycatlady on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This isn't a book of collected "letters and artwork" of the late, great George Carlin. It's a mass of hundreds of Post-it notes and doodles he made for his second wife, Sally Wade. Included with these are overly precious anecdotes about his life
with Wade and their dog, Spot, and, to fill out the book, photos of the dog, reproductions of postcards, and blurry photographs
of Carlin. It's lovely that Mr. Carlin wrote these little love notes to his second wife in his later years, but seeing them
reprinted here makes for an uncomfortable experience. Were these notes meant to be shared with the public? Is that really what
Carlin intended? There's something exploitative about it, as if Wade had searched for some unpublished work of Carlin's to be
released posthumously, couldn't find any, so gathered up his intimate correspondence and published that instead.

The most touching part of the book? In the first few pages, Wade reveals that Carlin met her some eight months after his
first wife's death, and arranged a date with her four months in advance. The reason for this was that he felt it proper that
he complete a full year of mourning for his wife before beginning a new relationship. Knowing that makes up (almost) for the
endless display of private love memos that follow. It's nice to know that Carlin had someone with whom to share his final
years, especially since, according to several people who knew him well, he was devastated by the death of his first wife.
Maybe that's why these notes to his second wife, especially those in which he professes that she's the "love of his life," ect., come off as embarrassingly smug and self-congratulatory on her part.

The overall result is
a book that gives the reader the sensation of rummaging through someone's private effluvia--an unpleasantly voyeuristic feeling. Sorry, George.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazed on March 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade" by Sally Wade is an amazingly honest and breathtakingly beautiful portrait of the powerful and intimate love story between Sally Wade and George Carlin. Through words, pictures, handwritten notes, humor and candor, Sally Wade's book brings George Carlin's personality to life, revealing the personal, gentle and loving tenderness of one of the greatest voices of our time. After reading several pages and passages from the book, I found myself in tears, longing for my love, deeply saddened by the loss of George Carlin's incredible life and devastated for Sally Wade's loss of George Carlin's love. I shared the book to my husband, only to see him wipe away his tears.

"The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade" is the greatest tribute of love to George Carlin! Not only is this book a gift for George Carlin's Fans, but it is a "must read" for everyone and a work of art from George and Sally to all lovers. It is an intimate portrait of true love that shows us all how to use humor, romance, passion, patience and grace in love.

I give "The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade" the highest recommendation! Stars and more stars... all the way to Jupiter!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on October 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
George Carlin was a genius who loved words. GC fans are not surprised at Wade's statement that he had a ten year supply of pens as part of his move-in "stuff." His creative genius shines through even in sticky notes left on the fridge more than two years after his death. His drawings and the book's art work are creative, enjoyable and add to the brilliance of his words. He was a man in love. Only 50% of this book is about Carlin with the remainder about Sally Wade. Clearly, she is another creative genius and their interplay must have been amazing. Their relationship really did appear to be a real give and take fueled by genius and creativity. The important lesson of this memoir (as Carlin clearly understood) is that people need to know that they are being thought about and they matter. In thousands of postcards, notes, poems and letters, Carlin clearly conveyed his feelings and creative fantasy. You don't need to spend 4 bucks on a greeting card when a few words on a sticky note mean so much more. GC fans will enjoy this look into a very sweet human being.

As much as I enjoyed many aspects of this book, I was a little creeped out by a few things. First, the intimate relationship between two people who deeply care for each other is a private affair. Part of the intimacy is based on trust and respect for the privacy of the other. There were times when I felt myself wondering what GC would have thought of the publication of such intimate writing. My guess is that Sally Wade knew him best and probably could judge this better than a GC fan. I did think that to literally display the first two pages of the note about his going to rehab and then claim that the rest was private, was a bit absurd.
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