I’m a big fan of Patton Oswalt. I love his stand-up and his gamer geek on Reno 911. The Comedians of Comedy is a great look into stand-up with a nice bit about comic book addiction thrown in.
Oswalt is smart and the cadences and rhythms of his stand-up translate nicely into Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He loves reading and he loves words and you can tell.
This book is a fun mix of memoir, fiction, humor, comics and much more. There are comedic bits that probably wouldn’t work as part of a stand up routine but are wonderful in print. I enjoyed the different genres throughout the book and how they all overlap to show who he is as a writer, comedian and regular person doing regular things.
Every generation has several defining moments. I can only imagine what it was like before and after cars. Before and after the interstate highway system. Before and after the polio vaccine. Before and after NASA.
Oswalt chooses his, which I’m also a part of:
Maybe that’s what makes my generation unique – the one that remembers before MTV and after…and then before the Internet and after. The generation I see solidifying itself now? They were born connected – plopped out into the late nineties, into the land of Everything That Ever Was Is Available from Now On.
I like that last bit. We live in a country and a world where it is possible that everything will be available to everyone as long as they can get on the Internet. What with the before and after be for the next generations?
A fun read with a nice mix. I hope he will continue writing books and I need to pay more attention to the articles that he’s publishing in various media. Luckily I have the Internet.