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Return to Book Page. Preview — Crash and Burn by Artie Lange. Crash and Burn by Artie Lange. Veteran comedian and radio personality Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent through drugs and depression and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilarious debut memoir, 1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish. At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall—and he did it w Veteran comedian and radio personality Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent through drugs and depression and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilarious debut memoir, 1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.
At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall—and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him—from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends.
He never made the party, but instead used the trip as an opportunity to hole up in his hotel room with a prostitute and do drugs. With the help and support of friends and family, Lange manages to recover and get his life and career back on track. And despite his slip-ups, backslides, and permanent losses, Artie Lange forges on.
From drugs to sports to falling in love, Lange tells all in Crash and Burnthe story of his life that is as shocking as it is funny, ever tempered by his characteristic humor, self-awareness, and inimitable way with words.
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Jan 19, David Horney rated it it was ok Shelves: Jul 27, Michelle rated it liked it. I have been a loyal Howard Stern Show listener since and the Artie Lange years were, in my opinion, the best there were. Artie was a great addition to the show but hearing his downward spiral play out on air was so sad. I was upset when he disappeared from the show and when I heard that he had attempted suicide, my heart dropped.
I read this book because I wanted to know what happened to him. What I got was a trip into the mind of an addict, which is not an easy thing to step into. But I was grateful, because there is an addict in my life, and Artie’s stories confirmed so many things for me—mostly the extent to which an addict will lie.
It’s hard to say that I enjoyed this book—you’d have to be really messed up to say that. But I learned what happened to him, from his perspective, and gained some insight along the way.
It’s not an award-winning piece of literature and literary snobs could tear it apart—but it was written in the same way Artie would tell a story.
So if you are familiar with hearing Artie tell stories, you should be ok with reading this. I did find it hard to follow at times. The timeline jumps around and there is some redundancy in the information, and there were occasions when I zoned out.
The last leg of the book was particularly rough to get through. I hadn’t expected it to go on for as long as it did after the suicide attempt. However, I was glad I stuck with it to the end.
Artie has a lot of amazing stories. His life is a mess, and this book throws you right into it. I won’t criticize the writing because I didn’t read it expecting great literature.
I read it expecting to find out his side of the story, and that’s what I got. Sep 29, Jkhickel rated it it was amazing. We all know that addicts are liars.
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Artie Lange admits it. And he vrash admits, toward the end of the book, that he lied in the middle of the book! So I’m not sure I buy the “everything’s starting to turn around for me now” ending. But, still, some truth seeps out. I’ve never heard this quote before, but it really gave me a sad chuckle: When a normal ceash falls in a hole, he calls for a ladder.
When an “Crash and Burn” is the best book I’ve ever read, by a drug addict, about being a snd addict. When an addict falls in a hole, he calls for an interior decorator, because he knows he’s andd to be down there for a while. Artie really relates to his fellow comedians, such as Greg Giraldo and Mitch Hedberg, who died either through overdose or suicide.
He doesn’t mention Richard Jeni or Robin Williams, but the thought does occur: Are comedians prone to depression and suicide? But I do have to agree with some of the other reviewers that Lange has, by his own admission, taken out his anger inappropriately on his assistants, managers of small comedy clubs out in the arie, callers to the Stern show, and others of little consequence, while he is careful not to deliberately offend people in power positions, like Howard Stern, Robin Quivers and his agent.
So maybe the problem isn’t drugs, maybe Lange just doesn’t like himself.
But unlike most autobiographies, Lange doesn’t portray himself as a hero, or let himself off easy. In the end, he blames no one but himself.
And for that unique perspective alone, this book is worth reading. Jan 19, Andrew Hicks rated it liked it. This follow-up memoir skips most of the universal life lessons in favor of story after story of excessive drug and alcohol abuse.
Crash and Burn by Artie Lange
Philip Gibbons Essentially, Crash and Burn is the story of an addict who takes unbelievable luck xrash nice people especially cops for granted. Andrew Hicks Anc book was exhausting. The last half became an endurance challenge for me. So much play by play of so much bad behavior.
At least TFTF ‘s timeline bounced around decades rather than 3 chronological years of concentrated abuse. Philip Gibbons It was a rough read. I remember his attempted suicide in the news but being that up close and personal was different. The part where he chugged straight bleach was icing on the fucked cake.
Andrew Hicks Chugged straight bleach then chased it by gutting his belly with a knife nine times straight. Low point of low points. Philip Gibbons Then the blood and vomit and broken glass. Artie is seriously fucked crxsh. And a bit scary. I was hoping those last chapters would be about permanent sobriety and happiness.
Then the hotel rage chapter happened. Andrew Hicks Yeah, that part where “sober” Artie dips deep into the hotel mini-bar.
That reminded me of the old cliche where the horror movie killer comes back kange one last big scare. I had an epiphany. But when I got angry I needed two fifths of Jack Daniels.
Philip Gibbons This is a romantic lovey dovey pussy story about how much I love Adrienne. Philip Gibbons Intern Teddy fucked up again.
I yelled and screamed at him. But, come on, he made me really angry. Teddy was a fuckup. Andrew Hicks Any boss in the world would fire Teddy on sight. Philip Gibbons Who calls Bloomingdale’s “Bloomie’s”?
What are you, gay, Ans Andrew Hicks Artie Lange does not like gay people, says Artie Lange about a hundred times in this book.
A lot of the humor fizzled. Andrew Hicks The tone kept shifting back and forth, and some jokes I skipped right over, not even acknowledging them as jokes in my head cuz they lqnge. Other times I found myself snickering out loud. Philip Gibbons It’s hard to sympathize with him, too. At his worst, he keeps lucking out with friendly cops and traffic accident plaintiffs. He can get out of any situation by signing autographs. Everyone else in the world was an enabler. Nothing you can do there except maybe manipulate their livelihood and access.