From the New York Times bestselling author, multifaceted comedian and actor comes Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film, a memoir of coming of age as a performer and writer while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles in the mid-90s.
After moving to LA, Oswalt started hanging out constantly at the Cinema, absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases. The movies he views inform his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.
Silver Screen Fiend illuminates the larger history of the American comedian, offering historical context for today's current comedic scene-and at its core, is a memoir about learning and developing a craft.
In conversation with Dan Kois, Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor, co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
PATTON OSWALT is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He has released five TV specials and five critically acclaimed comedy albums, including two Grammy-nominated releases, My Weakness Is Strong and Finest Hour. Oswalt has also appeared on many television shows and in more than twenty films, including Young Adult, Big Fan, and Ratatouille. Oswalt was the host of the 29th Independent Spirit Awards and the 18th Annual Webby Awards. He lives in Los Angeles.