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Crash and Burn

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,630 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Touchstone
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David Horney
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-45th-year
i used to be a fan. this book cured me of that. his first book was an extended suicide note. this one is just full of posturing bullshit about how badly he treated anyone who ever cared about him. there is no sense of real remorse or understanding how truly awful he was to those who love him. he strives to be self deprecating and amusing, but simply comes across as a self involved ass.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I have been a loyal Howard Stern Show listener since 1998 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 wa ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Crash and Burn" is the best book I've ever read, by a drug addict, about being a drug addict.

We all know that addicts are liars. Artie Lange admits it. And he even 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 person falls in a hole, he calls for a ladder. When an
Andrew Hicks
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Andrew Hicks
You might remember Artie Lange from "The Howard Stern Show," Dirty Work with Norm Macdonald, very early "Mad TV" or his 2008 smash hit memoir Too Fat To Fish . This follow-up memoir skips most of the universal life lessons in favor of story after story of excessive drug and alcohol abuse.

Philip Gibbons
Essentially, Crash and Burn is the story of an addict who takes unbelievable luck and nice people (especially cops) for granted.

Andrew Hicks
This book was exhausting. The last hal
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Where "Too Fat To Fish" was more of a proper autobiography, "Crash and Burn" is a memoir of a few recent dark years in Artie's life during which his battles with drugs and alcohol reach "shock and awe" intensity. For the most part, each chapter is a separate story detailing a point in time where he slipped further down the mountain of success; each chapter, another face plant on a boulder as he plummets toward rock bottom. Culminating in his well-publicized suicide attempt, this book also detail ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An account of Artie Lange's addiction and struggle with alcohol and heroin; truly a self made hell that he was in. I'd like to wish Artie, along with his friends and fans the best of luck and a full recovery.
Scott Foshee
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, nonfiction, memoir
One Day at a Time

I'm not sure what to think about this book. I enjoyed Artie Lange’s first book "Too Fat to Fish," and this has some of the same elements, but it then dives into Artie's dark self-destructive side and his struggle to recover from alcoholism and heroin addiction. It is a very admirable effort and it takes a special person to strip away all his defenses for us to see into the mind and behavior of an addict. The thing that bothers me about this book though are the layers of lies he
Lee Anne
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is like A Million Little Pieces if it were actually true. Howard Stern Show listeners, such as myself, were of course dying to know what happened when Artie left the show in a swirl of suicide stories and mystery back in 2009 (!--four years ago). This tells all, and it's pretty brutal.

My only concern is the huge amount of anger Artie still carries around. When he recounts the Teddy story (he got into a on-air fight with his assistant and stormed out of the studio), he still has to take as
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm a big Artie fan and I loved Too Fat to Fish, so I jumped into his new one here, face first. I feel sorry for Artie, he suffers from acute procrastination, addiction and rage. Some of the stories here confirm that he is his own worst enemy. You would think that his suicide attempt early in 2010 was his wake-up call, his rock bottom moment, but he's relapsed a time or two since. I want to say that by the end, Artie has closure, but he acknowledged that his demons are much too strong. He's enga ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm amazed I finished the book. The man does have some severely deep rooted psychological issues, but the entire time I'm reading, I'm just angry. I can't believe I ever found him empathetic, or funny. I don't understand how he keeps getting offered such amazing opportunities in life while being such a prick. Its show-boating at its grandest. I kept feeling like he was writing what we-as readers/fans- would expect him to say, but his sincerity fell flat, his jokes just mean-spirited.
Nicholas Hanawalt
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story of addiction and relapse and recovery from one of the great comedians or our time
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Brown
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Listening to Artie over the years on the Howard Stern Show was an exercise in contradictions. His 8-year tenure as sidekick on one of the most raw and open daily broadcasts of comedy was a constant reminder to me of how little real, unfiltered comedy there was in most of contemporary American media.

Then, in December 2009, Artie disappeared from the show with little explanation. I remember listening to the Stern show when it returned from holiday in January 2010, and the crew totally acted like A
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked Artie Lange on the Howard Stern show. He was funny and brought a “regular guy” persona to the show that worked well with Howard’s neurotic narcissist and Robin’s self-important blowhard personalities. Being a fan of the show, I knew about his drug issues, and when I read his first autobiography, you got to know where he came from and how he became the guy we got to know on the show, both good and bad.
When he left the show after a suicide attempt, it put into stark highlight that no, this
Jeremy Maddux
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Artie Lange has supplied me with over 500 hours of entertainment when I'd tune in to Howard Stern's show. I remembered him from his short stint on Mad TV and the legendary 'pig suit incident' in which he left the set to snort cocaine off of his car keys. Still, it was Stern's show where I discovered Artie Lange's existence.

His first biography, Too Fat To Fish, is the only autobiography to date that I have ever reread. Let's be honest. Every account of drug addiction is a 'harrowing odyssey' and
Jason Allen Amelio
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was honest and intense!!

I'll start by saying that if you are not a fan of Artie Lange from his time on The Howard Stern Show I'm not sure this book is for you. If you haven't read his first book Too Fat to Fish or did and didn't like it this book may not be for you. The only "unless" I'll put on that is, unless you have had your own struggles with addiction and depression. I fall into the category of all three so this book pretty much blew my mind.

I said before that it was honest
John Supple
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
You read this filled with many emotions. At times I thought he was a complete ass, others a real family boy but all through it I felt he was really driven to feeding his ego. He seemed to hate himself but wanted everyone else to love him and if they didn't they were the asshole. He certainly isn't nice to the people that surrounded him and it seems like he is unapologetic about that. I was a big fan of Artie but not sure if I saw him doing standup today would I find him as funny. A lot of his hu ...more
John Brumbaugh
I have always been a fan of Artie on the Howard Stern Show. What I can say is that this book showed me the depths to which his addiction had taken him. As someone who has no idea how addiction can be hurtful personally (thank god), just seeing how bad his addiction took him and ruined his life and career was amazing. The one thing I didn't like about this book compared to his previous one was his previous book was about overcoming his demons and had a more hopeful tone (unfortunately, in that ca ...more
Richard Jacklin
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
This continuation of Lange's life after 2008's Too Fat to Fish provides an in depth look at how everyone's favourite "Baby Gorilla" hit complete rock bottom. For any fellow Stern fan this book is a must read as it fills in the gaps of what happened in Lange's life between his sudden leave from the Stern show and attempted suicide in 2009 to his return to radio on the Nick and Artie show a few years later.

This book is not for the weak as it goes into great detail about the dark depths of addicti
Pablo Rodriguez
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a memoir of the darkest years of Artie Lange. The first 7 chapters detail his struggles in graphic detail and are at times difficult to read. Chapters 8 until the end show the bright light of his story as he finally embraces recovery and succeeds with a brief relapse in chapter 9. Where Too Fat To Fish was a witty and funny biography told in an entertaining way that I couldn't put down. Crash and Burn and it's darkness was difficult for me to read and took me some time to complete t ...more
William Flow
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow this is a wild ride into excess, drug and alcohol addiction with some self loathing and self destruction thrown in, it is not a book for the faint of heart this book is very open and honest sometimes maybe too honest. If you are not a fan of the Howard Stern Show you can still enjoy this book since everything talked about is on YouTube.

I am a huge fan of Artie and to be quite frank I was upset that he had it all and threw it all away by his actions, the same way as I felt with Farley, and Ke
Mary Thomas
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am half way through. Not liking it much at all. I enjoyed his first book very much and am generally a fan, so it's a surprise to hate the voice in this book. Update: the second half is a little better. It at least fills in some gaps about what happened immediately before and after his suicide attempt. And covers his recovery journey. There are a few places where it seems honest, but it's so hard to tell what is honest and what is BS. There are inconsistencies throughout. I gave the book two st ...more
A guide on what is like to be a functional and successful addict, or what happens when the money doesn't run out and you don't have to commit crimes to get it. It's a long audiobook, a long list of excuses and dodging getting clean, as every concern gets dismissed. Sometimes it gets silly when the author beats himself up about missing out on making ever more money, "fuck me, right?". Still if one remembers the news, there's some self stabbing coming, and it levels things up. What follows is a ve ...more
Rob Eelkema
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good book and fits into the themes that I have read in the past. I do have to say Artie Lange is very self destructive and, most likely, enjoys falling hard and getting material for stand up as he recovers. He has made a lot of money along the way but has wasted most of it by being dunk or high on drugs. He's 48 years old but has the mentality of an 18 year old and that's being generous. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy and his sense of humor is off the wall but the continued crazy b ...more
Kevin Findley
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

This was a hard book to get through, not because of the writing, but the subject matter. Artie didn't just lay bare his soul, he cut it open so we could all get a really good look inside. An absolutely ugly thing to behold.

It was worth it though. The guy who came out of the other end is still the rude, acerbic, nut-buster he's always been, but he's sober and trying to be a good man in spite of himself.

Artie's co-writer, Anthony Bozza, did a great job
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
On occasion, I used to listen to Stern before he left for satellite radio. This book was recommended (and given to me to borrow) by a friend, who is a fan. I'm not s huge fan, but I was curious to see if he really was the mess he portrayed on the Stern show. How this man is still alive is beyond me. Not the best biography, and there were many times I had to put it down because it felt like I was reading the same chapter over and over (IE getting drunk/getting high/screwing up/rinse and repeat.) ...more
Steve Peifer
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm probably not the market for this. I've never used drugs, was out of the country and didn't hear him on Stern, and not a fan of his lifestyle. But I can forgive almost anything that is funny, which is a weakness, and I think he is funny. Amazing how honest he is about the depths to which he dug himself. Hope for the best for him. Horrifying picture of addiction. Was it worth the read? When my gym used to play Stern, when I'd listen I would laugh until it just too far, and then I felt like I n ...more
Jim Zubricky
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book... all I can say is WOW.

This has to be one of the best books I've read this year. Artie writes with feeling and emotion, and it just exudes right from the pages. The words and thoughts linger with you long after you put the book down.... you will laugh with Artie, and you will also cry.... but also root the big guy on as he starts to turn things around. Highly recommend to read "Too Fat to Fish" before you pick this up - this should give you enough info to be familiar with Artie, if yo
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
It feels weird to say I enjoyed a book about someone's drug addiction and suicide attempt, but I did. I liked Lange's first book and his time on The Howard Stern Show. This book chronicles the months of drug and alcohol addiction that lead to his suicide attempt. The detail of the suicide attempt was hard to read, but it put everything into perspective as to how you have to hit bottom in order to recover. The later chapters follow his recovery, his guilt and his relationship with his family. The ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Adjust down to 3 stars if you're not a Stern fan. Artie tells it all--the stories behind the stories he told on the air, the suicide attempt, relapses, and somehow, continued show biz success. He's no wordsmith and doesn't try to be. The book has a very conversational feel and if you're familiar with the way he tells a story from Stern, you'll recognize his voice immediately. The difference is that for once it feels honest. You couldn't not know how far gone he was if you listened in 2008-2010 b ...more
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