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

By Patton Oswalt
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, or sex: it was film. After moving to Los Angeles, Oswalt became a huge film buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton s life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.
Set in the nascent days of LA s alternative comedy scene, "Silver Screen Fiend" chronicles Oswalt s journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way. 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, whirring in the background like a projector ("The" "Boston Globe"). More than a memoir, this is a love song to the silver screen ("Paste Magazine")."


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Publisher Scribner Book Company
Publish date 10/13/2015
Pages 288
ISBN-13 9781451673227
ISBN-10 1451673221
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