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James Francis Gunn Jr. is an American film director, actor, producer and screenwriter. He began his career as a screenwriter in the mid-1990s.
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Innumeracy
Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
John Allen Paulos - Aug 17, 2001 (first published in 1988)
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Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics and travel plans, but explains mis-chosen mates, inappropriate drug-testing, and the allure of pseudo-science....
James Gunn
May 02, 2021
Innumeracy, by @JohnAllenPaulos, changed my understanding of the world as a young person. It's a simple, easy-to-read book about how people misinterpret math & coincidences & misunderstand the world in general because of it.      source
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Derek Sivers
Geek Love
A Novel
Katherine Dunn - Jun 11, 2002 (first published in 1989)
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Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out—with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes—to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins...
James Gunn
May 02, 2020
I love this book. And Katherine was one of the first writers to champion my novel, which was such a thrill for me. Definitely a classic of dark weirdness.      source
Rosemary's Baby
Ira Levin - Jan 01, 2003 (first published in 1967)
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Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!...
James Gunn
Jun 12, 2018
For those of you who like the movie, I suggest you read the short novel by Ira Levin. It's the closest adaptation of a book I know. Here are some cool Rosemary's Baby posters:      source
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Zoe Kazan
The Counterlife
Philip Roth - Aug 06, 1996 (first published in 1986)
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The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate.Illuminating the...
James Gunn
May 23, 2018
RIP Philip Roth. This one hurts, both me and all of literature. He taught me when I was at Columbia and was a huge influence, impressing upon me the importance of writing through the hard times. I have many favorite books by Roth, but this is one of them.      source
The Writers Journey
Mythic Structure for Writers
Christopher Vogler - Aug 04, 2020 (first published in 1992)
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"Writers are storytellers. The best of them have utilized the principles of myth to create masterful stories that are dramatic, entertaining and psychologically true. Based on the work of Joseph Campbell, this edition provides an insider's look at how writers (both fiction and non-fiction) can utilize mythic structure to create powerful narratives....
James Gunn
May 22, 2018
On Writing by @StephenKing, The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.      source
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Darren Aronofsky
On Writing
A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King - Jun 02, 2020 (first published in 2000)
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Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King. Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly ...
James Gunn
May 22, 2018
On Writing by @StephenKing, The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.      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...
James Gunn
May 22, 2018
On Writing by @StephenKing, The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.      source
This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!...
James Gunn
May 22, 2018
On Writing by @StephenKing, The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.      source
Black Hammer Volume 2
The Event
Jeff Lemire - Jan 02, 2018
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When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes, everything changes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes and they make a new attempt to escape their strange prison.COLLECTS: Black Hammer 7-11, 13...
James Gunn
Mar 16, 2018
This book is a freaking masterpiece. @JeffLemire @dean_ormston @DarkHorseComics      source
Black Hammer Volume 1
Secret Origins
Jeff Lemire - Apr 11, 2017
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Once they were heroes, but the age of heroes has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City--Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien--now lead simple lives in an idyllic, timeless farming village from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their...
James Gunn
Mar 16, 2018
This book is a freaking masterpiece. @JeffLemire @dean_ormston @DarkHorseComics      source