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Rian Craig Johnson is an American filmmaker. He is known for writing and directing the neo-noir film Brick, the comedy-drama The Brothers Bloom, the science-fiction thriller Looper, the space opera Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the murder-mystery Knives Out, the last of which was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and earned Johnson a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
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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...
Rian Johnson
2021-02-25T07:34:10.000Z
Most inspiring and hands-in-the-dirt useful book about writing I’ve maybe ever read.      source
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The Spy Who Loved Me
Ian Fleming - 2012-10-16 (first published in 1962)
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‘He was about six feet tall, slim and fit. The eyes in the lean , slightly tanned face were a very clear grey-blue and as they observed the men they were cold and watchful. His good looks had a dangerous, almost cruel quality that had frightened me. But now I knew he could smile, I thought his face exciting, in a way no face had ever excited me bef...
Rian Johnson
2021-02-09T14:44:40.000Z
@zestitude Maybe the short story collections - I’ve enjoyed all of the books and Fleming’s fetishizing of eating and interior decoration is my favorite part of them. Though fair warning, they’re also all very VERY of their time. The Spy Who Loved Me is a fascinating atypical one.      source
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The Confidence-Man
Herman Melville - 2018-05-08 (first published in 1857)
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In Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, a group of steamboat passengers paddle to New Orleans on April Fool’s Day. As the Mississippi carries them down river, everyone is selling something: quack remedies; stock in a mining company about to fail; a fraudulent charity for widows and orphans. Set on the eve of the Civil War, as the f...
Rian Johnson
2020-10-30T06:43:36.000Z
Love this book. And it’s insanely post-modern, almost feels like something Pynchon could have written.      source
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Curtain
Poirot's Last Case
Agatha Christie - 2011-10-25 (first published in 1975)
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The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings ...
Rian Johnson
2019-07-05T01:02:31.000Z
@AdamLanceGarcia I think And Then There Were None is her best book, but The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd and Curtain are probably tied for my personal favorite.      source
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And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie - 2011-03-29 (first published in 1939)
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The World's Bestselling Mystery"Ten . . ."Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen.""Nine . . ."At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead."Eight . . ."Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted b...
Rian Johnson
2019-07-05T01:02:31.000Z
@AdamLanceGarcia I think And Then There Were None is her best book, but The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd and Curtain are probably tied for my personal favorite.      source
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
Agatha Christie - 2011-02-01 (first published in 1926)
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Voted by the British Crime Writers Association as the "Best Crime Novel of all Time"Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christies ten favorite novels, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailin...
Rian Johnson
2019-07-05T01:02:31.000Z
@AdamLanceGarcia I think And Then There Were None is her best book, but The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd and Curtain are probably tied for my personal favorite.      source