Fans of the late comedian George Carlin get a personal, chaotic and a few trips to their personal Jupiter with his widow’s memoirs of their life together in The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade. Wade has compiled a scrapbook of love letters between her and Carlin and provided a mini-autobiography.
Wade playfully describes how her dog Spot helped her meet Carlin. Although Carlin still needed time from his previous wife’s passing, Wade was going through her own divorce proceedings. Four months later ended up being enough time for both of them. Spot did have issues with Carlin, but Wade believes they eventually came to an understanding.
“How this woman moves my soul and rearranges my crotch I will never know. Hormones come and go but true love lasts forever. Someday when we’re working like this in your bedroom, remind me to come over and fuck you.” Just a few examples of the sexually charged notes Carlin gave Wade. Quite apparent throughout the whole experience that they were both madly in love with each other 24/7.
There were not always happy days though; Carlin had his paranoia issues, Wade was on antidepressants, Carlin is constantly farting almost every few chapters, Wade confronting Carlin about his drug issues completely changes the ‘wild sex party’ of the memoirs at least for three pages. Despite any problem that came up their love always stayed strong.
Wade ends off with poetry and artwork Carlin made for her and their last time together before he passed on. Wade writes passionately and filled with heartfelt emotion as she believes her and Carlin will always be connected and will one day be together again in their Jupiter.
Fans of Carlin should be prepared to see a side of the comedian they are not use to. Yes there are the offensive and outlandish jokes you would expect from him, but the outpouring of feelings he expresses to Wade through his letters shows a tender vulernable human side of Carlin that the public eye did not see before.
If you’re looking for a detailed description of Carlin and Wade’s relationship you will be disappointed. Wade’s passage are few and short. There are pages filled with just letters Carlin and Wade wrote, some translated and others not. The book showcases how photos and words on pieces of paper gives readers a true appreciation of lovers who cared about each other more than anything in this world and after it.
The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade
By Sally Wade
Simon and Schuster
Released on Mar. 8, 2011