Mark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, an account of his two years in China; Lost in Place, a memoir; and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the filmmaker Jessica Yu, and their daughter, Ava.
A subversive, inside glimpse of the complex world of the film industry describes every aspect of filmmaking, from initial concept, to script, to screen, covering topics that range from "How Scripts Got So Bad" to "Manners in Hollywood."
From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kidand The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author ofAdventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information....
This original and lucid account of the complexities of love and its essential role in human well-being draws on the latest scientific research. Three eminent psychiatrists tackle the difficult task of reconciling what artists and thinkers have known for thousands of years about the human heart with what has only recently been learned about the primitive functions of the human brain....
The exciting but little publicized story of Polish fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain retraces the role of the Kosciusko squadron in fending off German attacks on Britain in 1940. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
A groundbreaking analysis of America prior to the European arrival in 1492 describes how the latest research of archaeologists and anthropologists has transformed long-held myths about the Americas, revealing that not only was the population of the hemisphere greater than previously known but that the cultures were far older and more advanced. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 125,000 first...
From the new afterword by the author:Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child to be born into this world only to be patiently and lovingly reared by religious maniacs, who believe that the best way to keep the sun on its course or to ensure a rich harvest is to lead him by tender hand into a field or to a mountaintop and bury,...
The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the ?fraternity of geeks? who shaped it. With the help of animating genius John Lasseter and visionary businessman Steve Jobs, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark filmsToy Story,...
Doctor Impossible?evil genius, would-be world conqueror?languishes in prison. Shuffling through the cafeteria line with ordinary criminals, he wonders if the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life. After all, he's lost every battle he's ever fought. But this prison won't hold him forever. ...
It's difficult to imagine today?when the Super Bowl has virtually become a national holiday and the National Football League is the country's dominant sports entity?but pro football was once a ramshackle afterthought on the margins of the American sports landscape. In the span of a single generation in postwar America, the game charted an extraordinary rise in popularity, becoming a smartly...
The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Kay Redfield Jamison's Night Falls Fast . We hope they will expand your thinking and aid in your discussion of this important book.
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