14 books on the list
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author takes readers behind the scenes of the controversial and groundbreaking 1969 Oscar-winning film that explored a range of taboo subjects, including sexuality, prostitution, and cultural alienation in 1960's New York. Discover the unlikely convergence of a director, producer, and screenwriter who came together to create a classic cinematic masterpiece that defied the odds in a troubled city at a time of social and cultural change. Featuring interviews with actors and industry insiders, this book is a must-read for fans of American cinema and those interested in the making of an iconic film that pushed boundaries and paved the way for future generations of filmmakers.
I'm rereading this for book research and it's such strong, illuminating work--revelatory about the novel, the movie, the people involved and the era. I can't recommend it more highly. – source
Discover the hidden truths of Los Angeles with this captivating read. Delve into the city's power struggles, exploring who controls the money and the ongoing battle between the privileged and the underprivileged.
For anyone who wants to understand America, City of Quartz is one of the essential books of the last 50 years. Good thoughts to Mike Davis and his loved ones. – source
This nonfiction book delves into the science and history of Freon, a refrigerant that once threatened to cause irreparable damage to our planet. Through a mix of climate science, road trip anecdotes, and thought-provoking philosophy, the author explores the impact of our actions on the environment, and offers a glimpse of hope for combating global warming. A fascinating and timely read that encourages reflection on our role as caretakers of the earth.
AFTER COOLING is a book that talks to you rather than at you, that considers rather than bellows. I can't offer higher praise than to say it's made me adjust my behavior. Eric's a wonderful writer. Give this a shot. You'll learn a ton. – source
A retired British Intelligence officer, George Smiley, sets out to catch a Soviet mole who has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. The only clues he has are his wits and a small, loyal team. This bestselling book, now an Oscar-nominated feature film, comes from the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies, John le Carré. Don't miss his new novel, Agent Running in the Field, coming October 2019.
I just finished reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and watching the other Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a completely enjoyable experience, so this is my thing now. There's no kill like overkill. – source
Unravel the hilarious and epic baseball history of the New York Mets with So Many Ways to Lose. As a lifelong fan, author Devin Gordon dives deep into the team's struggles and successes, from losing an All-Star to a wild boar charge to blowing a six-run lead during a pennant race. With a knack for doing the impossible and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the Mets have a unique identity in the sports world. Gordon sheds light on why being gifted at losing is different from simply being bad and how it's part of the true amazin' magic of the Mets. Get ready for a love letter to the art of disaster and a side of baseball that's often overlooked.
If you have ever rooted for the Mets, agonized with the Mets, or suffered for the sins of the Mets, I highly recommend this rageful, funny, and cathartic book! – source
Explore the groundbreaking work of iconic movie director Mike Nichols in this engaging book. Nichols revolutionized the style of psychological realism in Hollywood cinema through his iconic films of the 1960s, and his legacy continues to shape the industry today. Author Kyle Stevens examines Nichols' classic movies and later works to reveal how his realism lies not in the plausibility of his characters, but in their inherent mystery. He uncovers the subversive potential of cinematic elements and shows how Nichols' satirical oeuvre participated in urgent social, political, and philosophical advances of his time.
Yes! Kyle's book is packed with insight, and helped me to think about Nichols's movies in new ways. – source
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today. George Saunders shares his twenty-year experience teaching a class on Russian short stories to MFA students at Syracuse University. In this book, he pairs iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol with his technical yet accessible essays on how narrative functions, why we stay immersed in a story, and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster to create compelling fiction. Through this exploration, Saunders illuminates how the mind itself works while reading and how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.
I'm reading George Saunders's A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, and feeling grateful that it's impossible to read quickly or carelessly. Recommended if you want a book that will slap you out of bad reading habits and teach you some beautiful things. – source
"Kill Switch" explores how the Senate, controlled by a radically conservative minority, hinders progressive decision-making in an increasingly diverse and liberal country. Adam Jentleson argues that the Senate's devolution into a polarized institution can be blamed on both Democrats and Republicans since the 1950s. Without a reevaluation of Senate practices, including ending the filibuster, America may face the prospect of permanent minority rule. A must-read for anyone concerned with the fate of American democracy.
I can't recommend @AJentleson's book Kill Switch highly enough if you want to understand what is happening in our Senate, therefore our government, therefore our country. It is an impassioned, frustrated but not hopeless diagnosis from an actual expert, not just an opinion-haver. – source
Recommended byMatt Lieberman
The definitive oral history of the iconic cult classic Dazed and Confused, featuring behind-the-scenes stories from the cast, crew, and director Richard Linklater. This book covers how a simple idea turned into a beloved movie that introduced a group of unknown actors who would become the next generation of movie stars. Combining behind-the-scenes photos and insights from nearly the entire cast, it offers an inside look at how a budding filmmaker and a cast of newcomers made a period piece that would feel timeless for decades to come.
Movie lovers! If you've been involved in (or witness to) The Great Mank Debate, I recommend that you take a break and read this fantastic book by @MsMelissaMaerz. First of all, it is pure candy--but the kind of pure candy that can only come from prodigious research and planning.> – source
Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby
The Witch Elm by Tana French
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Montgomery Clift by Patricia Bosworth
Dispatches by Michael Herr