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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1515 on: January 13, 2014, 07:07:05 PM »
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here are some of the best stories i've read in the past 6 months or so:

John Williams - Butcher’s Crossing (novel)
Herman Hesse - Demian (novella)
Pushkin - The Captain’s Daughter (novella)
Stephen Crane - The Open Boat (short story)
Carson McCullers - Member Of The Wedding (novella)
Dash shaw - Bodyworld (graphic novel)
Thomas Mann - Death in Venice (novella)
Herman Melville - The Happy Failure: A Story Of The Hudson River (short story)
Tobias Wolff - Desert Breakdown 1968 (short story)

what are yours?

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1516 on: January 21, 2014, 10:52:55 PM »
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I just met a girl who was a Mad Men writer's assistant during the first half of season four, until Matt Weiner told her to her face "You know, I need someone hotter in here." She was promptly fired and given a job at Breaking Bad. She said Vince Gilligan was the nicest boss she'd ever had, in and out of Hollywood.

Reason I share that is I just read this:



A fun read that's 70% about the Sopranos and how the "golden age of television" is indebted to David Chase. A few other tidbits:

A David Chase writer's room seems scarier than Guantanamo Bay.
David Milch (creator of Deadwood, Luck) is by far the craziest of all these loons.
The road that let to make The Wire happen is almost as fascinating as The Wire itself.
Matt Weiner is a queen bitch and control freak.
Writers often run to the bathroom to cry after receiving "notes" from Weiner/Chase on their scripts. 
Vince Gilligan is a total mensch, as rare a showrunner as Breaking Bad is a show. 


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1517 on: January 22, 2014, 12:17:00 AM »
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in movie news, this week i watched david chase's not fade away, and, hey, question tv people: creatives who've homerunned in tv, have any of them later converted to cinema? what's the most exciting tv-to-movie conversion that's happened? not fade away didn't have exciting cinema
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1518 on: January 22, 2014, 05:46:43 AM »
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Did the movie have subtitles? Because I don't see what that has to do with reading...
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1519 on: January 22, 2014, 07:07:49 AM »
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Just finished this one.  Instantly one of my favorite books ever, mainly because of how it relates to my situation right now.

Whatever you do in life, whether it is music or movies or writing, if you're gonna do it, THEN FUCKING DO IT, SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LET'S GET ON WITH IT... And once you do it, don't just do it, BECOME A FUCKING MASTER AT IT.

We have a finite existence here on this earth, inside these bodies, with the ability to think and take action. So just pick something that makes you happy and make it be your "vocation in life". Devote your life to it, truly enjoy it. master it and do your part to make the world a better place.

I honestly recommend this book to everyone who is still pursuing their dreams, especially here where pretty much everyone has a script written or trying to get a movie made.

BTW you can thank this book for me spending less time embarrassing myself in the shoutbox and more time doing real shit in real life that's gonna help my future.

10/10 book. Freddie has become The Master.
We fought against the day and we won... WE WON.

Cinema is something you do for a billion years... or not at all.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1520 on: January 22, 2014, 01:42:16 PM »
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Did the movie have subtitles? Because I don't see what that has to do with reading...
excellent example
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1521 on: January 22, 2014, 01:56:09 PM »
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Oh, i didnt see the post above yours  :doh: haha. You were on point. Excused


...but the answer to your ? Belongs in another thread
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1522 on: January 22, 2014, 02:18:25 PM »
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Oh, i didnt see the post above yours  :doh: haha. You were on point. Excused


...but the answer to your ? Belongs in another thread
two in a row, you're almost on fire

i think in the olden days tv was crazy and it never happened? not sure when it first happened. woody allen is an early example of a writer who began in tv. charlie kaufman began in tv. edgar wright did. i guess there's a potential list of people but, as reelist is pointing out, the timeframe is different because the golden age of tv is currently happening. the golden age tv people are working on tv. as a movie person, i'm excited to see if any conversions occur

that's what your book made me think about ©brad

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1523 on: January 22, 2014, 02:27:47 PM »
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 :yabbse-tongue:
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1524 on: January 22, 2014, 02:33:58 PM »
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Read this earlier last year, mentioned it in the shit box, but anyhow, it's definitely worth a read folks.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1525 on: May 14, 2014, 12:58:31 PM »
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Every perspective is an act of creation.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1526 on: May 15, 2014, 10:12:08 PM »
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Any good?

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1527 on: May 27, 2014, 03:32:35 PM »
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^yes very [<- i deleted another post where i said this to make this new post--]

sometimes books, movies, or music, a lot of art is sometimes really like a self-help event. experiencing art can be like taking a spiritual vitamin, i think

and new tab was so wonderful. so nourishing. so enjoyable. page-by-page i loved the hell out of it.  this quote is from page 3 or some other very beginning page, and it's an example of a quote i saved (there are many examples):

Every perspective is an act of creation.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1528 on: May 28, 2014, 09:39:30 AM »
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Am so far on track to read one book per month so far this year (just counting fiction/novels).


So far completed...

The Returned by Jason Mott (crap)

The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, and Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith (all great, although the first half of Game is lacking Ripley, and the second half gets quite outrageous even for Ripley)

The Fear Index by Robert Harris (haven't quite finished yet, but so far I'm ripping through it, a great/easy/engrossing read)


Next up...
For Whom The Bells Toll by Ernest Hemingway (read a load of Hemingway short stories early last year, followed by his first three novels in order. This is the next one and from everything I've heard is his best.)

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1529 on: June 13, 2014, 01:34:39 PM »
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I'm not reading it, but today I bought Ulysses at Shakespeare & Co. The first edition was published by S&Co in 1922 because WTF? is this book and OMG too dirty for the US. Sylvia Beach owned the place and was Joyce's friend. France did things! They published irish writers. Beckett kind of became a french writer, though. (And fucked Joyce's insane daughter.)

(Digression: some say that Joyce and Proust met each other once, but didn't talk to each other; Joyce complained about his eyesight and Proust about something else.)

They had a reproduction of the first edition. It looks nice.



I read it in french but it had no real taste (you can't really translate it, I guess).
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