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

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

The instant New York Times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a "heartfelt and hilarious" (USA TODAY) memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively watching classic films at a legendary theater in Los Angeles. "[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match" (The New York Times).

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol,… (more)

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Oswalt’s first book, the best-seller “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland,” was a grab bag of comic essays, some autobiographical, some conceptual, some disposable. “Silver Screen Fiend” has a through-line of sorts, but it bends around some wide detours, mostly involving the comedian’s formative years onstage.

By the end, when Oswalt stumbles out of the dark and squints in the light of his new life, it’s enough to make any reader seek out the many films that made him hibernate in the first place.

"Silver Screen Fiend" (multiple fonts and sizes, including footnotes) is a trip through Oswalt's past and his love of film, a twofold chronicle of underground comedy and gluttonous cinematic consumption.


Book Details  


Publisher: Scribner (January 06, 2015)

Parent ISBN: 9781451673227

Page count: 240 pages

File size: 2 MB

Language: English


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