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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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Let's Talk About Hard Things
Anna Sale - May 04, 2021
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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
May 05, 2021
This is a warm hearted and important book. Recommend.      source
King of a Small World
Rick Bennet - Jun 15, 1995
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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
Mar 21, 2021
@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
Tales Out of Tulsa
Bobby Baldwin - Jan 01, 1985
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Book by Baldwin, Bobby...
Brian Koppelman
Mar 21, 2021
@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
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
First Blood
David Morrell - Oct 31, 2017 (first published in 1972)
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The award-winning novel that inspired the legendary Rambo film series starring Sylvester Stallone.First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend, as John Rambo sprang from the pages of First Blood to take his place in the American cultural landscape. This remarkable novel pits a young Vietnam veteran agai...
Brian Koppelman
Oct 28, 2020
@_DavidMorrell @TimothyImholt Mr. Morell, I read that book in one night. And loved it so much. Saw the movie the day it came out. Your work really mattered to me when I was figuring out that I might want to become a writer. Thanks for it.      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
Lonesome Dove Series
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
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