A Carlin Home Companion (Book Review)
I was so excited when I saw that Kelly Carlin, the daughter of my all time favorite comedian George Carlin, had written a book about growing up with her Dad, that I ordered it right then and there and dove into it the second it arrived.
Truth be told, I had been missing George’s special brand of wisdom, and was hoping Kelly’s book would be a patch, a quick Carlin fix if you will, but what it actually was caught me completely off guard.
Yes there were plenty of stories about her Dad in there, but it was her stories about her own life that turned out to be exactly what I needed to hear at the moment I needed to hear it.
Without giving too much away, I will just say that to me “A Carlin Home Companion” is a raw and brave glimpse into an artists soul, and a guidebook into the courage it takes to first find your own unique voice and then grant yourself the permission to speak it.
As an artist who has shared similar struggles, I pretty much sobbed through the entire second half of her book, but they were powerfully healing tears, tears that showed me it was time to make some changes in my life, and I will forever be grateful for that.
If you are a Carlin fan, an artist, or simply someone struggling to break free of the shadow of someone else’s greatness you should read this book. You will be happy you did.