In his introduction to Conversations With Carlin: An In-Depth Discussion with George Carlin about Life, Sex, Death, Drugs, Comedy, Words, and so much more Larry Getlen writes “It is my sincere hope that (this book) brings George Carlin closer to your heart.” It does exactly that. This 89-page ebook is something George Carlin and stand-up comedy fans will very much enjoy and appreciate. The price for this ebook is very reasonable (it's worth more than that).
Conversations With Carlin is based on a five hour interview Larry Getlen had with Carlin back in 2001 for a piece in Esquire. The magazine published part of the interview on the What I Learned page. Getlen has transcribed, edited, and restructured the interview into a whole that has a very natural flow. What really makes this book though is Getlen asked the absolute right questions allowing Carlin to be generous in his answers.
The book is divided in six chapters: Childhood; Comedy; Language and Ideas; Sex, Love, Money and More; and America. Childhood is my favorite section, perhaps because I was introduced to Carlin with Class Clown. Comedy tackles Carlin's relationship with it and the changes he went through, his take on a few aspects of it, and his relationship with his audience, to name a few.
Of course, no Conversation With Carlin would be worth its salt if it did not look at the comic's relationship with words and ideas. Of course, Getlen asks Carlin about the Seven Words court case but he quickly moves to more interesting questions such as “How do you perceive the opinion that children need protection from dangerous ideas?”
My favorite question is in Morality where the author and the comic are talking about business and the money aspect of Carlin's career: “Is it possible, then, to live a life without compromise?”
Sex, Love, Money, and More is another more biographical section of this book. America is the comic's take on his country, politics, society, television, and a few other things.
Conversations With Carlin is a joy to read and a book you will be going back to more often than not.
Other George Carlin Reviews
Complaints And Grievances: This Carlin CD is just Bitching and Moaning By An Old Fart.
Life Is Worth Losing: The George Carlin comedy CD that is going to rehabilitate him as still being one of the greats.
Doin' It Again: George Carlin is not always absolutely brilliant on Doin' It Again, the DVD version
George Carlin 1937 - 2008: Proved to be, as he wished, too hip for the room
When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?: contains some warmed over stuff and leftovers, and gristle
Jammin' In New York: One of the best George Carlin comedy DVDs
The Serious George Carlin Page: Everything you want to know about Carlin on CD and DVD
November 08 George Carlin Releases: Article about 11/08 releases
Editorial - George Carlin Receives Mark Twain Prize: About time Carlin got the Mark Twain but guest list is rather questionable
It's Bad For Ya - DVD: Carlin's last HBO special. He was too hip for the room but the room loved him.
It's Bad For Ya - CD: George Carlin's swan song comedy CD is no turkey
George Carlin On Location aka at USC (1977): First Carlin HBO Special became the On the Road CD
The Comedy Network - George Carlin It's Bad For Ya 05/16/09 10 P.M.: Last Carlin HBO comedy special is great.
Last Words - a memoir: semi autobiographical book is pretty decent and honest
The George Carlin Letters: Not particularly interesting and certainly not revealing.