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Silver Screen Fiend

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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.


"Anyone who loves movies...will be better for reading this enjoyable and funny memoir." * Columbus Dispatch * "[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." * Philadelphia Inquirer * "Entertaining and maniacally informative." * Tampa Bay Times * Oswalt is a great conveyer of his real-life (and reel-life) experiences....great insider stuff." * Cleveland Plain Dealer * "A must for fans of comedy and film." * * "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." * Boston Globe * "[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." * New York Times * "Vivid and funny." * Entertainment Weekly * "Oswalt is...a formidable storyteller....A love song to the silver screen." * Paste Magazine * "Hilarious.... [Silver Screen Fiend] shows Oswalt's maturity as a writer and a thinker." * Philadelphia Inquirer * Oswalt's prose is sparkling.... A coming-of middle-age meditation, Oswalt's homage to films is both hilarious and heartfelt." * USA Today * "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. * A.V. Club * "A funny and sentimental read.... deep, passionate, and personal." * The Daily Beast * "Smart and pointed. [Oswalt] is a colorful writer." * NPR * "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 "Patton Oswalt is one of the most brilliant comedy minds of a generation. This book confirms it." -- Ricky Gervais

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