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")."


NEW RELEASES: How to Be a Person in The World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life

Posted July 19, 2016, 7:30 AM with category of Personal Development & Human Behavior
Advice columnist Heather Havrilesky has a new collection of her wildly entertaining and much-celebrated letters of advice. Read more


  Choose a format

Price: $12.00/ea
LIST PRICE: $15.00

Bulk Paperback Non-returnable Discounts
Quantity Price Discount
1 - 24 $12.00 20%
25 - 99 $10.50 30%
100 - 499 $9.75 35%
500 - 999 $9.45 37%
ISBN: 9781451673227

About the Paperback

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

Need 1000 or more?

Additional discounts may be available for print books. We also offer pricing for RETURNABLE orders. Please call 1-800-236-7323 or email us to request a quote.