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Good to get to know him a bit more.
on 25 April 2010
This book is full of GC-humour style stories and inside views on some of actions and decisions that this man has made during his life. Even though it hasn't been written by George himself it really fits his spoken-style, making you feel like it's him telling those stories. I would recommend it to anyone, who's interested in his ways of thinking, perceiving and development through the years. You will get to know how and why he transformed from suit-dressed, role playing, "user friendly" comedian, through hippie style rebel, up to becoming one of the most influential writer/comedian that've ever lived. He'll also guide You through thoughts, reasons and opinions that he had in the past, and he'll comment on them with more recent point of view. In "Last Words" you'll find his ups and downs, successes and drug problems, friendships, influences and even parts of the scripts from some of his shows.
As George Carlin used to describe himself: at the beginning he was a performer, who was writing his own material, through development he became writer, who performed his own material. I think he became more than that - an audience shaping performer, able if not to change people's minds, then - al least - make people start to question things.
Good to get to know him a little bit better.
"But when you're in front of an audience and you make them laugh at a new idea, you're guiding the whole being for the moment. No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defenses are down. It's very Zen-like, that moment. They are completely open, completely themselves when that message hits the brain and the laugh begins. That's when new ideas can be implanted. If a new idea slips in at that moment, it has a chance to grow."