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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A George Smiley Novel
John le Carré - Mar 31, 2020 (first published in 1974)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies. John le Carré's new novel, Agent Running in the Field, is coming October 2019.The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement--especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with ...
Mark Harris
Apr 10, 2021
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
So Many Ways to Lose
The Amazin' True Story of the New York Mets―the Best Worst Team in Sports
Devin Gordon - Mar 16, 2021
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The Mets lose when they should win. They win when they should lose. And when it comes to being the worst, no team in sports has ever done it better than the Mets. In So Many Ways to Lose, author and lifelong Mets fan Devin Gordon sifts through the detritus of Queens for a baseball history like no other. Remember the time the Mets lost an All-Star a...
Mark Harris
Mar 16, 2021
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
Mike Nichols
Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism
Kyle Stevens - Sep 01, 2015
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With iconic movies like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, and Carnal Knowledge, Mike Nichols was the most prominent American director during the cultural upheavals of the 1960s. Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism argues that he overhauled the style of psychological realism, and, in doing so, conti...
Mark Harris
Feb 18, 2021
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
In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
George Saunders - Jan 12, 2021
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From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA student...
Mark Harris
Feb 18, 2021
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
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Kill Switch
The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy
Adam Jentleson - Jan 12, 2021
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Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the US Senate, yet the Senate is controlled by a party representing an almost exclusively white, predominantly male, and radically conservative minority of the American electorate. How did we get to this point?In Kill Switch, Adam Jentle...
Mark Harris
Jan 27, 2021
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
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Alright, Alright, Alright
The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused
Melissa Maerz - Nov 17, 2020
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“Melissa Maerz’s brilliant oral history is the definitive account of a cult-classic movie that took a slow ride into the Seventies and defined the Nineties.” –Rob Sheffield, Rolling StoneThe definitive oral history of the cult classic ...
Mark Harris
Dec 09, 2020
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
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Wow, No Thank You.
Essays
Samantha Irby - Mar 31, 2020
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A new essay collection from Samantha Irby about aging, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America.Irby is turning forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and is courted by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into ...
Mark Harris
Apr 25, 2020
@DavidPoland @habesla1 Alternate idea: Read a GOOD book. Try The Witch Elm by Tana French, or The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, or Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby, or Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. All infinitely more worth your attention. You're welcome.      source
The Witch Elm
A Novel
Tana French - Jul 30, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his famil...
Mark Harris
Apr 25, 2020
@DavidPoland @habesla1 Alternate idea: Read a GOOD book. Try The Witch Elm by Tana French, or The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, or Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby, or Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. All infinitely more worth your attention. You're welcome.      source
The Underground Railroad
A Novel
Colson Whitehead - Jan 30, 2016
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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the National Book AwardWinner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionLonglisted for the Man Booker PrizeWinner of the Arthur C. Clarke AwardFinalist for the Dayton Literary Peace PrizeLonglisted for the Prix Medicis One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, ...
Mark Harris
Apr 25, 2020
@DavidPoland @habesla1 Alternate idea: Read a GOOD book. Try The Witch Elm by Tana French, or The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, or Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby, or Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. All infinitely more worth your attention. You're welcome.      source
Montgomery Clift
A Biography
Patricia Bosworth - Mar 01, 1978
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"...Because of Bosworth's artistry, her ability to choose the right details, and her own immersion in the subject...[this book] is an amazing excursion into a life." -New York Times Book Review "It stands as the definitive work on the gifted, haunted actor." -Los Angeles Times "Here it is - the real thing - inside Montgomery CLift. I've known other...
Mark Harris
Apr 03, 2020
This is sad news. Patricia Bosworth's biography of Montgomery Clift is one of the greatest books ever written about a movie star--so intimate and detailed that it felt like she was a witness to every moment. RIP.      source
Dispatches
Michael Herr - Aug 06, 1991 (first published in 1977)
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Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977.From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. M...
Mark Harris
Jun 24, 2016
Michael Herr has died. His milestone 1977 book Dispatches changed the nature of war correspondence. It's still essential reading.      source