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


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Scribner Book Company
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5.5 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Patton Oswalt is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He has released four TV specials and four critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series. Oswalt has also appeared on many television shows and in more than twenty films, including Young Adult, Big Fan, and Ratatouille. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


"Patton Oswalt is one of the most brilliant comedy minds of a generation. This book confirms it."--Ricky Gervais
"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."--Joss Whedon
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.--Amy Schumer
Smart and pointed. [Oswalt] is a colorful writer.--Joss Whedon "NPR"
A funny and sentimental read.... deep, passionate, and personal.--Joss Whedon "The Daily Beast"
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.--Joss Whedon "A.V. Club"
Oswalt's prose is sparkling.... A coming-of middle-age meditation, Oswalt's homage to films is both hilarious and heartfelt.--Joss Whedon "USA Today"
Hilarious.... [Silver Screen Fiend] shows Oswalt's maturity as a writer and a thinker.--Joss Whedon "Philadelphia Inquirer"
Oswalt is...a formidable storyteller....A love song to the silver screen.--Joss Whedon "Paste Magazine"
Vivid and funny.--Joss Whedon "Entertainment Weekly"
[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match....Oswalt's writing gives off the hallucinogenic shimmer of the true obsessive, packing all the sharpness and bite of his stand-up.--Joss Whedon "New York Times"
Clever and readable...Oswalt's encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliche-riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirringin the background like a projector.--Joss Whedon "Boston Globe"
A must for fans of comedy and film.--Joss Whedon ""
Oswalt is a great conveyer of his real-life (and reel-life) experiences....great insider stuff.--Joss Whedon "Cleveland Plain Dealer"
Entertaining and maniacally informative.--Joss Whedon "Tampa Bay Times"
[An] astute, acerbic, and footnote-crazy chronicle of life as a movie freak mole man. ... Oswalt is a true cinephiliac, equally appreciative of the artistry of Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast and Doris Wishman's Bad Girls Go to Hell.--Joss Whedon "Philadelphia Inquirer"
Anyone who loves movies...will be better for reading this enjoyable and funny memoir.--Joss Whedon "Columbus Dispatch"