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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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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - Dec 16, 2019 (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
Feb 01, 2021
@SherriPizza No. I LOVE that book.      source
Catching the Big Fish
Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
David Lynch - Sep 06, 2016 (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
Jan 24, 2021
I practice Transcendental Meditation. David Lynch’s book Catching The Big Fish is a good starting point.      source
Eight Million Ways to Die
Lawrence Block - Dec 26, 2007 (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
Jan 24, 2021
@jamesoliphant The book is perfect. By @LawrenceBlock.      source
Delivering Happiness
A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Tony Hsieh - Mar 19, 2013 (first published in 2010)
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Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department Focus on company culture as the #1 priority Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business Help employees grow-both personally and professionally Seek to change the world Oh, and make money too . . . ...
Brian Koppelman
Nov 28, 2020
Just saw that Tony Hsieh died tonight. I met him once. Loved his book. Read it twice. Gave it out a lot. So young. Such a shame. Visionary person. Brilliant. Sad.      source
Dead Girl Blues
Lawrence Block - Jun 24, 2020
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You might as well know this going in: Lawrence Block's new novel is not for everyone. It's recounted in journal form by its protagonist, and begins when he walks into a roadhouse outside of Bakersfield, California, and walks out with a woman.And rapes and murders her.But, um, not in that order.Right. But it's what he does with the rest of his life ...
Brian Koppelman
Oct 18, 2020
You like to read? Read @LawrenceBlock's Dead Girl Blues. The first 30 pages are as rough/disturbing as any I've read in a long time. But they are necessary, and what he does from there on is absolutely remarkable. This is the book his 80+ years led to. Worth your time.      source
Lonesome Dove
A Novel
Larry McMurtry - Jun 15, 2010 (first published in 1985)
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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroe...
Brian Koppelman
Sep 20, 2020
Lonesome Dove. Perfect book. Ok. That was fun, folks. Be kind to each other. Later.      source
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The Financier
Theodore Dreiser - Aug 19, 2017 (first published in 1912)
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A master of literary naturalism, Dreiser is known for his great intensity and keen journalistic eye as he examines real-life subjects. This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the Civil War and after the stock-market panic caused by the Great Chicago Fire.The first in a ''trilogy of desire,'' The Financier tells the s...
Brian Koppelman
Aug 07, 2020
@tnyfrontrow @selfstyledsiren @parabasis I loved The Financier. Read it before shooting season one of Billions. Keep meaning to read the rest of his books.      source
The Biography
Warren Zanes - Oct 25, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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The New York Times Bestseller*One of Rolling Stone's 10 Best Music Books of 2015*An exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with PettyNo one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of ...
Brian Koppelman
Jul 19, 2020
@Variety_Cynthia @CanterburyRec Have you read the Warren Zanes petty book? It's just excellent.      source
The Artist's Way
25th Anniversary Edition
Julia Cameron - Oct 25, 2016 (first published in 1992)
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This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. First published twenty-five years ago, The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. Perhaps even more vital in today's cultural climate than when it was first published, The Artist's Way is a powerf...
Brian Koppelman
Jul 14, 2020
This morning my podcast w @J_CameronLive is up. It is no exaggeration to say that her book The Artist’s Way completely and forever changed my life. I was a blocked writer and then I was an actual writer. What an honor to talk to her. The Moment w Brian Koppelman. Wherever u pod.      source
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami - May 05, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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A New York Times and Washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage's best books of the yearAn instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the remarkable story of a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams...
Brian Koppelman
Apr 30, 2020
If you have always wanted to read Haruki Murakami, I think this period of time is perfect for it. He could have conceived of this whole thing. Try Kafka On The Shore. Or Colorless Tsukuru. Or Wild Sheep Chase. Or Wind Up Bird Chronicle.      source
Kafka on the Shore
Haruki Murakami - Jan 03, 2006 (first published in 2002)
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Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is dr...
Brian Koppelman
Apr 30, 2020
If you have always wanted to read Haruki Murakami, I think this period of time is perfect for it. He could have conceived of this whole thing. Try Kafka On The Shore. Or Colorless Tsukuru. Or Wild Sheep Chase. Or Wind Up Bird Chronicle.      source
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A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Broken by Don Winslow
Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday
The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal by Julia Cameron
City of Thieves by David Benioff
What I Talk about When I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami
Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins by Jerome Charyn
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins