Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

Category: Book
By (author): Oswalt, Patton
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Publisher: Scribner
Published: January 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in x 0.90in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late '90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton's life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone's mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt's New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film-not to mention his 1.87 million Twitter followers-Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he's also here to stay on the page.
Review Quote*"Patton Oswalt is one of the most brilliant comedy minds of a generation. This book confirms it."
Review Quote*"I loved this book. It feels like a great one sided conversation from your funniest friend. It made me feel less alone in the precious hours I read it. But now it's gone and I have nothing."
Review Quote*"Silver Screen Fiend is both a love letter to artistic obsession and string of caution tape around it. Patton describes the ecstatic demands of the arts (in this case, Stand-up and Film) with insight, fond pity, and unfailing humor. This is a book for anyone who strives to be great, or is bored in an airport."
Review Quote*"Smart and pointed. [Oswalt] is a colorful writer."
Review Quote*"A funny and sentimental read.... deep, passionate, and personal."
Review Quote*"Immediate and vital... [Silver Screen Fiend is] enough to make any reader seek out the many films that made him hibernate in the first place.
Review Quote*Oswalt's prose is sparkling.... A coming-of middle-age meditation, Oswalt's homage to films is both hilarious and heartfelt."
Review Quote*"Hilarious.... [Silver Screen Fiend] shows Oswalt's maturity as a writer and a thinker."
Review Quote*"Oswalt is...a formidable storyteller....A love song to the silver screen."