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Michael McKean

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Michael John McKean is an American actor, comedian, and musician known for various roles in film and telelvision such as Lenny Kosnowski in Laverne & Shirley, David St. Hubbins in This is Spinal Tap, and Chuck McGill on Better Call Saul.
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The Americans
Robert Frank - Jan 12, 1986 (first published in 1958)
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Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future. He saw the hope of the future in the faces of a couple at city hall in Reno, Nevada, and t...
Michael McKean
Aug 27, 2021
@ManuelRoyalATL His book, The Americans, is such great work.      source
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The
Jan 01, 2017 (first published in 1939)
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Walter Mitty is an ordinary man living an ordinary life. But he has dreams - vivid, extraordinary day dreams - in which the life he leads is one of excitement and even adventure, in which he - a weary, put upon middle-aged man - is the hero of his own story.A man can dream, can't he?The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is just one of the brilliant humor...
Michael McKean
Jul 15, 2021
This book is phenomenally prescient. It should be read in tandem with Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, with Thurber’s short story, “The Greatest Man in the World” as a palate cleanser.      source
It Can't Happen Here
Sinclair Lewis - Jan 07, 2014 (first published in 1935)
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It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler...
Michael McKean
Jul 15, 2021
This book is phenomenally prescient. It should be read in tandem with Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, with Thurber’s short story, “The Greatest Man in the World” as a palate cleanser.      source
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Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan - Feb 25, 1997 (first published in 1996)
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How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we dont understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to...
Michael McKean
Jul 15, 2021
This book is phenomenally prescient. It should be read in tandem with Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, with Thurber’s short story, “The Greatest Man in the World” as a palate cleanser.      source
Ian Dury
The Definitive Biography
Will Birch - Jan 01, 2000 (first published in 2010)
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Widely described as 'punk's poet laureate', Ian Dury is a cultural icon. With his band The Blockheads, he exploded onto the television screen in 1978, appearing on "Top of the Pops" with his hit single 'What a Waste', followed later that year by 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'. By now Ian was thirty-six and had worked hard for many years to reach t...
Michael McKean
Feb 15, 2021
@MonikerTommy Cool. I love Will's Ian Dury book.      source
Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
Steve Martin - Sep 02, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. ...
Michael McKean
Sep 29, 2019
@CaitlinPacific @stevemartin Best book on stand up ever. Plus: delicious shade thrown on the late John Frankenheimer.      source