Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir - Terry Gilliam

The self-proclaimed “token American” and “the dumbest member of Monty Python” Terry Gilliam is in fact a highly articulate and engaging memoirist in Gilliamesque. Gilliam had his start as a cartoonist and his bizarre, other-wordly, inflated collages, drawings and animations communicated the same silliness and irreverence for authority that his fellow Pythons communicated in performance. However, Gilliam quickly outgrew Monty Python and grew into his own as a film director, referring to himself as “filteur”, a filter for his collaborator’s ideas. Gilliam’s writing is like his films beautiful, anarchic, and, at times wonderfully tangential. I’ll close with a quote from his artistic manifesto: “I think the key to survival is trying to keep alive the ‘inner child’…we’ve all go that sense of wonder and the ability to be surprised but it’s beaten out of people as they go through life. I’ve just been lucky to be able to find work that allows me to keep that little brat inside alive.”

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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 27th, 2016

Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows - John Lahr

Behold your antidote to US WEEKLY! John Lahr’s Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows is not interested in the business of show, extravagant celebrity lifestyles, or exorbitant salaries. Rather, it is concerned with the craft of writing and-or directing theatre and the formative experiences that give context to their art. Rather it’s to shed light on the craft and give greater context to the art. Whether it was Tony Kushner’s integration of the trifecta of Brecht, Shakespeare and Marx combined with a call to social action helped birth “Angels in America”; or the friendly, mild-mannered Midwestern upbringing coupled with the supernatural revelations of Ovid that gave us the fascinating plays of Sarah Ruhl. That’s not to say that such work is a pure straight line, but rather that instead of present the synergy between the artist’s life, personality and their ideas and how they manifest themselves in their work. That is truly where the magic lies.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 13th, 2016

GBH - Ted Lewis

Ted Lewis was the first great British Crime novelist and his influence on subsequent fiction, television and cinema is unquestionable. The Get Carter author's final novel GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) is finally getting a stateside release. The book's chapters cut back and forth between "THE SEA" (seaside Mablethorpe) and "THE SMOKE" (London) as we begin to piece together what happened to Gangster/porn king George Fowler and why he is on the lam. In the meantime there's a mysterious singer who keeps turning up, a sadomasochistic moll, crackling dialogue, and more than a few broken bones and dead bodies to keep you interested. GBH is more than Lewis' swan song, it's a dark, brooding, tense thriller that does not let up from start to finish.

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ISBN: 9781616956462
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Published: Soho Crime - February 23rd, 2016

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