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Author Archive: "Patton Oswalt"

Patton Oswalt: What I’m Giving

In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily to see the books your favorite authors are gifting.

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If I could only give one book, it'd be Rick Perlstein's Nixonland. And I'd include a warning with it — something along the lines of, "This hilarious, cringe-inducing chronicle of Nixon's rise to power and the way it warped, mutated, and otherwise infected the American psyche is more readable than Wolfe, more horrifying than Ellroy, and more hallucinatory than Thompson." And it's all straight reporting. We lived, collectively, through a David Lynch film and never knew it.


Powell’s Q&A: Patton Oswalt

In celebration of Geek Week, Powells.com presents a special Dungeons and Dragons–themed Q&A with Patton Oswalt.

Geek WeekWhat's the most epic character you've ever created?
A half-orc assassin named Ulvaak through which I channeled all of my frustrations about being a fat eighth grader. Apparently I wanted to split everything in half with a sword.

What alignment do you most closely identify with: Lawful, Neutral, or Chaotic?
Lawful, but only because of my OCD. There's no good or evil to it.

Describe your longest campaign.
Oh man. Probably this epic, Béla Tarr–style slog through a continent called Gamotia, where the fabric of reality was ripping open and different demons were vying for dominance of the material plane. You know, everyday stuff like that.

Personal question: Did you let anyone touch your lucky d20?
Not only did no one touch it, but I would use an El Marko to color the 10-and-up numbers black, then I'd scrape away the permanent marker ink but leave the indented numbers still filled in with ink. OCD is a hell of a thing.

Eberron, Vanadorn, or a campaign of your own creation?
I'd want to create ...


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