Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin has Died

George Carlin died yesterday at the age of 71, of heart failure. Why should readers care? Because his routine "Seven Words" became a free speech issue, taken up by the courts. And, because his book, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, was published four years ago, but libraries are still dealing with it. One of the Arizona libraries dealt with a censorship issue about that book just last year. Three years after it was published, someone objected to the sound recording in the library. The sound recording stayed on the shelf.

I started this blog in January 2005, and it has changed a great deal in three years. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? was one of the first
books I reviewed on here. It certainly wasn't much of a review, looking back at it. Here it is.

A little different from 84, Charing Cross Road. I just finished When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin. It's been on the New York Times Best Seller List, and it's social commentary/humor. A little too gross in some parts for my taste, but much of his social commentary is right on target.

George Carlin, RIP.


Anonymous said...

No matter if you liked what he had to say or didn't, George Carlin didn't say anything he hadn't thought out. He was an intelligent man and I, too, will miss his insights on humanity.

Lesa said...

Yes, he was an intelligent man. And, you're right. When you listened to him, you knew how much he thought about his subject.