Comedian George Carlin died last week at age 71. Though he was probably best known for his routine, “Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV” — which led to a landmark Supreme Court case — I remember him best for his conceptual humor. For example, commenting on the familiar adage, “Some people see the glass as half empty, some see it as half full,” he said that he saw it as too big. He was a master at word play, as in my favorite piece of his, on the difference between baseball and football, which closed with the observation (edited a bit here) that the object of football is to “penetrate the enemy’s defense with a ground attack and bullet passes and bombs,” while the object of baseball is “to go home, and be safe.”
The Library owns many books and recordings of his work, as well as movies that he appeared in. To see our holdings, search the catalog (under “Author”) for “Carlin, George.” You may have to place a hold on the item you want — a lot of people are remembering him fondly these days.
P.S. George Carlin’s routine about baseball and football appears in his book, Braindroppings, which the Library owns in print, on CD, and as an E-book.