By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated November 11, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

While the ”seven words you can never say on television” all appear in George Carlin?s posthumous ”sortabiography,” Last Words, they serve only as coarse seasoning for a searing examination of the life of a funnyman. Carlin approaches his experiences with the same precision, and derision, present in his stand-up. He also offers insight into the painstaking work he put into crafting seemingly off-thecuff philippics on ”Baby on Board” signs or environmentalists, and the seriousness with which he took his obligation to ”the vulgar art.” The book is at turns biting and touching, and often both, which is what you would expect from a man for whom the sacred was profane and the profane, sacred. A?

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