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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
4PM THURSDAY, APRIL 28
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens, Caprica) offers up a collection of colorful essays ranging in topic from his experiences working at a movie theater to send-ups of eccentric relatives, including a grandmother who gives exceedingly odd birthday gifts.
To delve into Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is to take a tour of Oswalt’s delightfully offbeat mind: he shares what he was doing to procrastinate while writing certain chapters, suggests some truly morbid greeting cards, and parodies the vampire craze in comic-book form. Then there’s the book’s centerpiece, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, they will home in on one of three story lines: zombies, spaceships, or wastelands. Oswalt chose wastelands, and ever since has been mining our society’s wasteland for perversion and excess, pop culture and fatty foods, indie rock and single-malt scotch.
PLEASE NOTE: Event tickets are free when you purchase Zombie Spaceship Wasteland from Changing Hands. (Tickets good for two seats.)
“Further proof that Patton Oswalt is way funnier than I am, which is either high praise or an insult. Your call.” —Judd Apatow “Patton Oswalt is a brilliant rarity; a relentlessly creative and original comic who is also a superb writer. If you don’t buy this book you are a fool and I will, I swear, fight you.” —Conan O’Brien “Funny, thoughtful stuff. Patton alternates the spit-take hilarity of a great stand-up with the quiet, mordant insight that clearly helped make him one. Which is amazing, ‘cause he’s an idiot.” —Joss Whedon “Fans of Patton Oswalt’s standup comedy have always known he was a born writer at heart, and now here’s the proof. This is a surprisingly affecting, sincere and daresay vulnerable collection of essays, all keenly observed, always very funny.” —Dave Eggers “I don’t know what’s sharper, Oswalt’s brains or Oswalt’s tongue.” —Sarah Vowell “I have impeccable taste, and I only converse with the following three: God, the Devil, and Patton Oswalt. All three have opened for me. This book is a funny tragedy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll convert to Pattonism. If you do not love this book, remember, I know where you live in your mother’s basement.” —Harlan Ellison “Perfect—I can describe Patton’s book the same way I describe his stand up—brilliant and prolific, I am slackjawed, amazed, and left feeling both inspired and fraudulent.” —Sarah Silverman “Patton Oswalt is among the funniest on-stage talking humans I am aware of, so it annoys me deeply that he is also an incredibly talented writer. It annoys me, but it does not surprise me. Every sentence in this book is funny (except for the sad ones), but it also brims with Oswalt-ian smarts and surprising poignancy.” —John Hodgman "[A] very funny book."--GQ "Funny and occasionally heartbreaking . . . a cerebral and somewhat surreal tour through the thought processes of Patton Oswalt. It is an inspired and unique work, operating well outside the realm of the disposable comedy memoir."--AintItCoolNews.com