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Shooting Midnight Cowboy
Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic
Glenn Frankel - 2021-03-16
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times-bestselling author of the behind-the-scenes explorations of the classic American Westerns High Noon and The Searchers now reveals the history of the controversial 1969 Oscar-winning film that signaled a dramatic shift in American popular culture.Director John Schlesinger's Darling was nominat...
Mark Harris
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
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City of Quartz
Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Mike Davis - 2018-07-17 (first published in 1990)
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The hidden story of L.A. Mike Davis shows us where the city's money comes from and who controls it while also exposing the brutal ongoing struggle between L.A.'s haves and have-nots....
Mark Harris
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
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After Cooling
On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort
Eric Dean Wilson - 2021-07-06
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This dazzlingly original work of literary nonfiction interweaves the science and history of the powerful refrigerant (and dangerous greenhouse gas) Freon with a haunting meditation on how to live meaningfully and morally in a rapidly heating world.The closest we’ve come to the destruction of all life on earth isn’t by nuclear holocaust. It’s not by...
Mark Harris
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
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A George Smiley Novel
John le Carré - 2020-03-31 (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
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
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So Many Ways to Lose
The Amazin' True Story of the New York Mets―the Best Worst Team in Sports
Devin Gordon - 2021-03-16
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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
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
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Mike Nichols
Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism
Kyle Stevens - 2015-09-01
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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
Yes! Kyle's book is packed with insight, and helped me to think about Nichols's movies in new ways.      source
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
George Saunders - 2021-01-12
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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
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 - 2021-01-12
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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
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 - 2020-11-17
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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  Dazed and Confused , featuring behind-the-scenes stories from the cast, crew, and Oscar-nominated director Richard...
Mark Harris
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.
Samantha Irby - 2020-03-31
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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
@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 by Colson Whitehead
Dispatches by Michael Herr
Montgomery Clift by Patricia Bosworth