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Mike Birbiglia is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer and writer. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life and The Moth, and has released several comedy albums and television specials.
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Little Astronaut
J. Hope Stein - 2022-09-20
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A poetry collection about the beautiful and disorienting period of new motherhood, exploring an experience both otherworldly and very, very human. ...
Mike Birbiglia
Yay! Love this book by @PoetryCrush.❤️      source
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Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott - 1995-08-31 (first published in 1994)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
Mike Birbiglia
I reference @ANNELAMOTT's "Bird By Bird" a lot (rec'd by @GaryGulman on his episode) and I also recommend @marykarrlit's book "Art of Memoir" which I find completely inspiring. #WorkingItOut      source
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Think Again
The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Adam Grant - 2021-02-02
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We need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking.Why do we refresh our wardrobes every year, renovate our kitchens every decade, but never update our beliefs and our views? Why do we laugh at people using computers that are ten years old, but yet still cling to opinions we formed ten years ago?For too many of us, our ways of thinking beco...
Mike Birbiglia
This is such great wisdom from @AdamMGrant. He’s a great follow on here and his book “Think Again” is phenomenally good. 💯      source
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A True Story and Other Lies
Derek Delgaudio - 2021-03-02
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Truth and lies are two sides of the same coin. But who's flipping it? A thought-provoking and brilliantly entertaining work of non-fiction from one of the world's leading deceivers, the creator and star of the astonishing theater show and forthcoming film In & Of Itself.Derek DelGaudio believed he was a decent, honest man. But when irrefutable evid...
Mike Birbiglia
I love this book by @derek_del. Highest recommendation. I think what I enjoy less is the spelling of my last name in this user review. I find this spelling neither “personal” nor “acceptable.” #MikeBrigriallia      source
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Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris - 2001-06-05
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David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can't Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessa...
Mike Birbiglia
@likaluca I recently re-read David Sedaris‘s book “me talk pretty one day” and laughed so damn hard. I thought I knew the book so well but it still had lines that snuck up on me.      source
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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
A True (As Told to Me) Story
Bess Kalb - 2021-04-20 (first published in 2020)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: VOGUE - FORBES - BOOKPAGE - NEW YORK POST - WIRED"I have not been as profoundly moved by a book in years." --Jodi PicoultEven after she left home for Hollywood, Emmy-nominated TV writer Bess Kalb saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force--irrepressible, g...
Mike Birbiglia
I couldn’t recommend this book more highly. Bess has such an original voice and this book is so damn human. It’s exactly what we need in these times. Order one today, order 10 tomorrow.      source
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Nigella Lawson
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Deaf Republic
Ilya Kaminsky - 2019-03-05 (first published in 2011)
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Ilya Kaminsky's astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence?Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story f...
Mike Birbiglia
@ilya_poet @PoetryCrush @claireonacloud @mulaney @JeanHanffKoreli @akasomeguy Thanks, Ilya!! I love Deaf Republic btw!! A beautiful and timeless book.📚      source
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Celeste Ng
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An Actor's Companion
Tools for the Working Actor
Seth Barrish - 2015-06-09
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“There is a muscularity, not to mention wisdom and truth, to Seth’s techniques. He is a wonderful teacher, and I know that having him as my first guide is one of the luckiest things to have happened to me in my career and life.” —Anne Hathaway, from her Foreword“Seth Barrish has coached me on almost every TV project, film or audition I’ve done sinc...
Mike Birbiglia
The director of @NewOneBway Seth Barrish isn't on twitter so I'm sending u to his book. THE BEST & SIMPLEST book you'll read about acting. He directed my solo shows. He taught Anne Hathaway, Tony Hale, & so many actors at the Barrow Group Theater in NYC.      source
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The Library Book
Susan Orlean - 2019-10-01 (first published in 2018)
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On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, Once that first stack got going, it was Goodbye, Charlie. The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degre...
Mike Birbiglia
This is a must read book by ⁦@susanorlean⁩. Obviously. Everyone has read it. But I’m catching up. This is one of the most captivating paragraphs I’ve read in a while.      source
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Ryan Holiday
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The Total Film-Maker
Jerry Lewis - 1971-08-01
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Mike Birbiglia
I love this book by Jerry Lewis. The Total Filmmaker. #RIPJerryLewis      source
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The Promise of Sleep
William C. Dement - 2000-03-06