Brain Droppings (1997)
Book - Hyperion Publishing
Audio Book - High Bridge Audio (2CD), Audible.com
Tracks (audio book)
p42, p4-7: Air Pollution, Seven Things I’m Tired Of
p13-14: Food Terms
p16-20: Well Ya Gotta Live Some Place
p29: Things you never see (puppet, etc.) p29
p21-23: A Name By Any Other Name
p24-26: A Name By Any Other Name [continued, mixed order]
p44-45: Book Club (#1, “How-To” Titles)
p29-33: “It’s Your Body” Tattoos, birthmarks, fashion skin cancer, etc.
p36: I Can’t Recall
p36-42: A Place for my Stuff
p42-44: Mental Brain Thoughts
p107-108: The New Zodiac
p49-50: “Hi Mom!”
p50-53: Baseball And Football
p108: Give a Hoot
p62-63: Sports Roundup [excerpt]
p63-64: Fuck you, I like these kind of Jokes!
p64-65: “Let’s Beat Them With Our Purses”
p66-67: Do, Take, Have, Give
p106: What’s My Motivation?
p110-113: Anything But The Present
p150-156: The Primitive Sergeant
p241: Moths and Lights
short takes (misc)
p115-119: If I Were In Charge of the Networks
p119-121: If I Were In Charge of the Networks [continued]
p106-107: Book Club(#2, Advice and Self-Help Titles)
p123-124: Super-Celeb Kicks Bucket
p122: The “Pre-” Epidemic
p135-138: Popular Beliefs
p122-123: More Favorite Oxymorons
p217-219: Rules to Live By
p129-132: Expressions I Question
p139-140: More Favorite Redundancies
p182-185: Peace On You
p140-144: Watch Your Mouth
p185: Come Back And See Us, Hear?
p223-226: First I Was A Kid
short takes (misc)
p258: Killer Comic
Brain Droppings was George Carlin’s first “real” book, if you don’t count his 1984 color-paged book Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help (1984). I saw Carlin perform live sometime before the book came out, and he mentioned the up-coming release of it. He made it clear that it was not an auto-biography (“That shit comes later.”), but a book that would include all new material, aside from the “Stuff” routine, and “Baseball and Football”.
In reality, the book includes other material which had shown up on his previous albums, such as “The Book Club”, “Killer Comic” (part of “Death and Dying”), and a few shorter things. But most of the book was still brand new. Some routines also made their way into HBO specials in the years that followed, including a bit about sun worship which ended up in You Are All Diseased (1999).
Besides being released on hardcover and paperback, a pocket-sized edition of excerpts was published called “The Best of Brain Droppings”.
Carlin recorded an audio version of the book, released on two CDs in 2000. It won the Grammy in 2001 for Best Comedy Album. The audio book however is only an abridged version. As far as I know, no unabridged version exists (though I would love to be proven wrong about that!). I’ve listed the track names here. I also took the time to look up which pages of the book these excerpts were from, in trying to determining what parts of the book had been left out.