Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Napalm and Silly Putty

I've been reading up on my George Carlin lately. And damn, that guy can be funny. Not always (sometimes he tries too hard for the offensive humor bit, stumbles, and winds up just being offensive), but often enough to make him very, very worthwhile.

It looks to me like the guy's books are largely transcriptions of his standup material. That's a little disappointing, but whatever- if he wrote it, he can do whatever he wants with it. And the stuff's still funny, even if some of the syntax reads a little awkwardly and would probably flow a little better if you heard it spoken.

It's very clear from his comedy that Carlin's an intelligent guy who puts a lot of thought into what he says; even when it's scatalogical, it's highly-calculated scatology. But when you read these interviews,* it becomes pretty clear that a lot of the corrosive humor is based on some pretty deep outrage. Despite all of the dick jokes, he appears to be a frustrated idealist.

Sort of like my man Hunter Thompson.

* Two notes on that second interview: 1. The Onion AV Club is actually better reading than the Onion itself, and that's saying something; even if you have never heard of the person they interview, the interviews are almost always worth reading, and their music and film criticism is dead-on. 2. Don't be surprised if this link craps on on tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, when the Onion's servers are being hammered.

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