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Weather forecast for tonight: dark.Title: “Last Words: A Memoir”

Author: George Carlin, with Tony Hendra

Rank: 57

Blurb: “In 1993 George Carlin asked his friend and bestselling author [and founding National Lampoon editor] Tony Hendra to help him write his autobiography. For almost fifteen years, in scores of conversations, many of them recorded, the two discussed Carlin’s life, times, and evolution as a major artist. When Carlin died at age seventy-one in June 2008 with the book still unpublished, Hendra set out to assemble it as his friend would have wanted.”

Review: “Okay, so I AM biased. BUT! I even learned things about my dad that I didn’t know.” (Kelly Carlin)

Customers Also Bought: “Going Rogue: An American Life,” by Sarah Palin

Footnote: If George Carlin can make it into the Amazon Top 100, there’s hope.

Last Words [Amazon]

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Just realized we never picked a selection for Stinque book club this month. What are people reading these days?

Hodgdon’s 2009 Annual Manual for Reloading. Fascinating. I had to extrapolate a load of powder from data in the book for a .38 Special cartridge using 125 gr plated bullets. Seemed to work OK yesterday, but I really should get a chronograph so I can measure the speed of the bullet and thereby the energy at the other end (velocity x mass or something like that).

As for actual books, I’m also working on Royal Coachman: Adventures in the Fly Fisher’s World by Paul Schullery. Finished World War Hulk (Marvel comics – awesome) and JLA/Avengers, a Marvel – DC mash up. God, that was stupid.

“Fluke” by Christopher Moore, although it’s time for the seasonal read of his “The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror.” No elves, but there are zombies.

The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns On Nurture by Matt Ridley
Panic by Michael Lewis
Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer

Just delivered Saturday: “More Information Than You Require,” the second installment of the Hodgman Fake-Trivia Trilogy.

i’m reading the wisdom on my bottle of vitamin water, i’m also reading the witty ben and jerry cartons, the hilarious text on my bed head hair products and also the pithy celestial seasons box.
WTF is up with THIS trend?

The Elegance of the Hedgehog. My favorite bit so far:

Personally, I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty. . . . When you are applying the rules of grammar skillfully, you ascend to another level of the beauty of language. When you use grammar, you peel back the layers, to see how it is all put together, see it quite naked, in a way.

Also read more in Considering the Lobster and, predictably, loved the essay on American Usage.

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