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Brian William Koppelman is an American show-runner. Koppelman is the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, the producer for films including The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones, the director for films including Solitary Man and the documentary This Is What They Want for ESPN as part of their 30 for 30 series, and the co-creator, showrunner, and executive producer of Showtime's Billions.
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Being Mortal
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande - 2017-09-05
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In Being Mortal, author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medic...
Brian Koppelman
Halfway through @Atul_Gawande's Being Mortal. It's an essential, important and deep book. Also just finished @morganhousel's Psychology Of Money. Haven't read a novel in about a month.      source
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The Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again
Brin-Jonathan Butler - 2018-11-13
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A firsthand account of the dramatic 2016 World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Sergey Karjakin, which mirrored the world's geopolitical unrest and rekindled a global fascination with the sport.The first week of November 2016, as a crowd of people swarmed outside of Manhattan’s Trump Tower to rail against the election...
Brian Koppelman
Ever since I read @brinicio’s stunningly brilliant book Grandmaster, I’ve been a complete Magnus fan. Watched the documentaries. Read the articles. I can’t see him doing this unless he *knows*.      source
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Amin Maalouf - 2013-07-24 (first published in 1988)
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Samarcande, c’est la Perse d’Omar Khayyam, poète du vin, libre penseur, astronome de génie, mais aussi celle de Hassan Sabbah, fondateur de l’ordre des Assassins, la secte la plus redoutable de l’Histoire.Samarcande, c’est l’Orient du XIXe siècle et du début du XXe, le voyage dans un univers où les rêves de liberté ont toujours su défier les fanati...
Brian Koppelman
One book I absolutely love that no one mentioned is Samarkand by Amin Maalouf.      source
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Paris in the Present Tense
A Novel
Mark Helprin - 2018-11-06 (first published in 2017)
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Mark Helprin’s powerful, rapturous new novel is set in a present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, inescapable glories. Seventy-four-year-old Jules Lacour—a maître at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widower, veteran of the war in Algeria, and child of the Holocaust—must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past an...
Brian Koppelman
Certain writers fall out of favor for certain reasons, often having little to do with the work itself. In that vein, let me recommend Mark Helprin, maybe the most beautiful American prose stylist of his age. Paris In The Present Tense is a glorious novel. Writers: read this book.      source
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Let's Talk About Hard Things
Anna Sale - 2021-05-04
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From the host of the popular WNYC podcast Death, Sex, & Money, Let’s Talk About Hard Things is an invitation to discuss the tough topics that all of us encounter. “You will laugh, cry, nod in recognition, and by the end, feel like no topic is off-limits when it comes to creating meaningful connection” (Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling auth...
Brian Koppelman
This is a warm hearted and important book. Recommend.      source
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King of a Small World
Rick Bennet - 1995-06-15
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King of the poker players from his suburban enclave in Maryland to Washington, D.C., Joey Moore faces a crisis in his life when an gambling opponent commits suicide and an unwanted baby is forced on him....
Brian Koppelman
@luckyirishmn There's a novel that I read after Rounders that I love, called King Of A Small World, by Rick Bennett. It is hard to find. But wonderful. The books by Doyle Brunson and TJ Cloutier and old school tales of travel and poker, also Bobby Baldwin's Tales Out Of Tulsa.      source
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Tales Out of Tulsa
Bobby Baldwin - 1985-01-01
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Brian Koppelman
@luckyirishmn There's a novel that I read after Rounders that I love, called King Of A Small World, by Rick Bennett. It is hard to find. But wonderful. The books by Doyle Brunson and TJ Cloutier and old school tales of travel and poker, also Bobby Baldwin's Tales Out Of Tulsa.      source
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - 2019-12-16 (first published in 1813)
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Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel of manners written by Jane Austen. The novel follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist of the book, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. A classic pie...
Brian Koppelman
@SherriPizza No. I LOVE that book.      source
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Catching the Big Fish
Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
David Lynch - 2016-09-06 (first published in 2006)
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Where do ideas come from?In Catching the Big Fish, internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch provides a rare window into his methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.Lynch describes the experience of "diving within" and "catching" ideas like fish - a...
Brian Koppelman
I practice Transcendental Meditation. David Lynch’s book Catching The Big Fish is a good starting point.      source
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Eight Million Ways to Die
Lawrence Block - 2007-12-26 (first published in 1982)
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Nobody knows better than Matthew Scudder how far down a person can sink in the city of New York. Except a young prostitute named Kim—and she wanted out. Maybe Kim didn't deserve the life fate had dealt her. She surely didn't deserve her death.The alcoholic ex-cop turned P.I. was supposed to protect her, but someone slashed her to ribbons in a seedy...
Brian Koppelman
@jamesoliphant The book is perfect. By @LawrenceBlock.      source
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Life's Work
David Milch - 2022-09-13
Dead Girl Blues by Lawrence Block
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Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday
First Blood by David Morrell
The Financier by Theodore Dreiser
The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal by Julia Cameron
Petty by Warren Zanes
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Lying by Sam Harris
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
City of Thieves by David Benioff
What I Talk about When I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami
Fatherland by Robert Harris
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins by Jerome Charyn
Ghost Rider by Neil Peart
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
American Tabloid by James Ellroy
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
Body & Soul by Frank Conroy
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins