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Brain Droppings Paperback – April 22, 1998
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Carlin is, first and foremost, a linguist, like many comedians (Steve Martin being another notable example). Delightful comedy springs from mastering language, and Carlin wields his Promethean tongue like a nuclear bomb, sparing absolutely nothing. Is he coarse, hateful, and full of venom? Yes. By using words not like swords but an executioner's axe, Carlin dismembers ideas and meanings about politics, religion, history, pop culture, sports, and English itself. His reasoning, it seems, is to throw the reader or listener so far from common meaning that the person is forced to invent - or at least reconsider - beliefs.
Brain Droppings contains many such aphoristic nukes. Some are a few words long, others continue for a few pages. There are some classics from his stand-up in here, notably "Football and Baseball" and "A Place for my Stuff." Unfortunately, this book really does seem like a collection of brain droppings - things that just kind of fell out of Carlin's mind. Good or bad, there they are. If this book has a weak point, it's that it wasn't edited very well, and some of the things in here are just plain silly and dumb. From a man who is so obviously intelligent and humorous, I expected more at times.
Overall, though, does it work? The nuke-'em-silly technique is certainly open to debate. Will people get it? Sometimes.Read more ›
HE also makes fun of euphisms that many of the liberals like to use. They like conservatives, don't think about what they are doing and as well he thinks the euphisms are a form of lying. He's absolutely right! Calling someone cripple versus "differently abled" is crap, as well it is a vague term.
But, I don't want to spoil it for you. Go ahead and buy this book! It will put a smile on your face and will get you to start thinking.
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George can do no wrong with his routines no matter the subject, sensitive or otherwise. Always the master wordsmith with the best sense of humor to come along in ages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard A. Neider
It's Carlin, and I'm a fan.....what else need be said but delightful?Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was purchased as a gift. Don't really know it was any good or not.
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