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The Fran Lebowitz Reader

The Fran Lebowitz Reader Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Fran Lebowitz
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307744930
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In the vein of Lebowitz's Netflix limited series, Pretend It's a City —The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together two of the famed author's bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life—its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Fran Lebowitz is always wickedly entertaining.

Ecrire une série télé

Ecrire une série télé Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Karine de Falchi
Editor: Editions Eyrolles
ISBN: 2212045883
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Première étape dans la création d'une série télé, la rédaction de la bible est décisive dans le développement du projet. Fiche d'identité qui devra convaincre le producteur, elle comporte tous les codes et éléments essentiels qui se trouveront dans la série. Illustré de nombreux exemples de séries à succès, cet ouvrage, unique en France, présente toutes les techniques pour rédiger ce document, de l'élaboration du concept en passant par l'écriture des fiches personnages jusqu'à la rédaction du pilote. Scénaristes en herbe, étudiants en cinéma, acteurs rêvant d'écrire, professionnels de l'audiovisuel ou passionnés de séries, tous pourront se lancer dans l'aventure en suivant pas à pas les conseils et la méthode proposée.

L'Enfer commence avec elle

L'Enfer commence avec elle Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John O hara
Editor: Média Diffusion
ISBN: 2823615016
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New York, 1931. Gloria Wandrous collectionne les amants et écume les clubs clandestins dont regorge la ville en pleine prohibition. Assumant sa beauté et sa sexualité très libre, elle provoque et vient bousculer les mondains de la haute société new yorkaise. Sa dernière conquête, Weston Liggett, est marié et père de famille. Obsédé par Gloria, Weston songe à tout quitter pour elle. Cette fois, elle pourrait bien succomber à la tentation d'une vie rangée auprès de lui, à moins que le destin n'en décide autrement. L'enfer commence avec elle nous replonge avec délice dans l'univers cher à Scott Fitzgerald et Dorothy Parker, à travers une comédie de mœurs à la frontière du roman noir. Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Yves Malartic, traduction révisée par Mathilde Desprez.

Ma chienne de vie

Ma chienne de vie Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James THURBER
Editor: Editions Wombat
ISBN: 2374981088
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Les tribulations loufoques d'une famille farfelue – grand-père et chien compris – signées par l'un des maîtres de l'humour anglo-saxon « Quand j'atteindrai quarante ans, mes facultés se seront peut-être repliées, telle la corolle des fleurs au crépuscule, me laissant incapable d'écrire mes mémoires en y mettant la dose idoine de sobre inexactitude, ou alors, étant venu à bout de la tâche, incapable d'aller les porter à mon éditeur... » C'est donc en pleine force de l'âge, dès les années 1930 dans les pages du New Yorker, que l'auteur fait paraître Ma chienne de vie, autobiographie loufoque et illustrée racontant sa jeunesse au sein d'une famille farfelue de l'Ohio. De l'effondrement du lit paternel à la visite nocturne de bien étranges fantômes, des lubies du chien Muggs à celles d'un grand-père frappadingue hanté par la guerre de Sécession, James Thurber transfigure les petits événements de la vie en minuscules épopées tendres, drôles et cocasses. Écrivain et dessinateur, pilier de la rédaction du New Yorker durant plus de trente ans, James Thurber (1894-1961) fut un des grands talents de l'âge d'or du magazine, aux côtés de Robert Benchley, S. J. Perelman et Dorothy Parker. Si les textes d'humour de Thurber sont devenus des classiques constamment réédités dans les pays anglo-saxons, son style graphique sensible et naïf, très précurseur, eut aussi un impact considérable sur le dessin minimaliste d'après-guerre, de Charles Schulz et Jules Feiffer à Sempé. James Thurber est par ailleurs l'auteur de La Vie secrète de Walter Mitty (adapté plusieurs fois au cinéma, de Norman McLeod en 1947 à Ben Stiller en 2014) ainsi que de La Dernière Fleur, conte graphique traduit par Albert Camus (rééd. Wombat, 2018).

Les fiancées d'Odessa

Les fiancées d'Odessa Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Janet Skeslien Charles
Editor: Liana Levi
ISBN: 286746675X
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Odessa? La plus jolie ville du monde, pour ses habitants. Avec ses prestigieux théâtres, son mythique Opéra, son célèbre escalier Potemkine... et une mer qui n’a de noir que le nom. Mais il y a aussi un revers à la médaille : chômage, salaires de misère, logements étriqués, mafia omniprésente. Tandis que les jolies Ukrainiennes écument soirées et sites de rencontres pour décrocher un « visa-fiancée » et quitter le pays, Daria sert d’interprète. Et elle va peu à peu se laisser gagner par les rêves d’évasion et de confort...

Lucy et l’obscurantisme

Lucy et l’obscurantisme Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Pascal Picq
Editor: Odile Jacob
ISBN: 2738192491
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« Ce livre est né de ma prise de conscience des grandes interrogations de notre temps quant à notre origine. À partir de quelques exemples vécus et de données frappantes portant sur l’ampleur de la réaction créationniste dans le monde, mais aussi dans notre pays, qui se croit à tort protégé, on saisira mieux à quel point la rationalité et la pensée scientifique s’avèrent de moins en moins bien comprises et, pis encore, de plus en plus menacées. Sur quels arguments s’appuient les créationnistes ? Ils ne datent pas d’hier, mais quelles sont leurs formes contemporaines ? Et, surtout, qu’est-ce qui permet de les récuser ? La théorie de l’évolution n’explique pas tout, ce n’est pas une vérité absolue établie une fois pour toutes — on verra au contraire qu’en son sein les discussions et les désaccords sont nombreux —, mais elle ne s’en distingue pas moins radicalement de toutes les autres tentatives, mythologiques, religieuses, idéologiques, philosophiques pour rendre compte de notre monde et de ce que nous sommes. Voilà, je crois, de quoi remettre le débat sur de nouvelles bases. »Pascal Picq Pascal Picq est maître de conférences à la chaire de paléoanthropologie et préhistoire du Collège de France. Il est notamment l’auteur, chez Odile Jacob, de Au commencement était l’homme et a aussi publié Les Tigres et Les Grands Singes.

L'Étreinte fugitive

L'Étreinte fugitive Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Daniel Mendelsohn
Editor: Flammarion
ISBN: 2081450844
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Dans Les Disparus, Daniel Mendelsohn partait en quête de l’histoire de sa famille ; avec L’Étreinte fugitive, il s’est livré à une quête infiniment plus intime. De l’écriture rhapsodique qui est la sienne, il fait revivre son enfance entre sa mère, «l’institutrice», la toute-belle, et son père, «le mathématicien», celui qui répare, construit et se collette aux choses ; une enfance peuplée d’êtres, frères et sœurs, parents juifs âgés, avec, au centre, son grand-père, ce dandy mystérieux et raconteur d’histoires. C’est pendant ses années d’étudiant dans l’exotique Sud américain que le jeune homme se découvre une passion jumelée pour les langues anciennes et les beaux garçons. Dès lors, la recherche de la «grammaire de son identité», de ce que veut dire être un homme, suivra des méandres surprenants, bouleversants. Car, lorsqu’une amie lui propose d’incarner une «figure paternelle» auprès de l’enfant qu’elle porte, il accepte et se prend à s’attacher si fort à lui qu’il va, petit à petit, partager sa vie entre Chelsea, le quartier où vivent les «garçons» de New York, et la banlieue où habitent son amie et leur petit garçon. Comme Les Disparus, ce récit réverbère l’écho de textes antiques – ici, des poèmes latins et des tragédies grecques – et renferme un secret de famille lancinant, dont le lecteur n’aura la clé que dans les dernières pages du livre, après avoir, avec Daniel Mendelsohn, rendu visite à des tombes désertées et déchiffré des épitaphes menteuses.

La Source de l'amour-propre

La Source de l'amour-propre Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Toni Morrison
Editor: Christian Bourgois
ISBN: 2267031760
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La Source de l’amour-propre réunit une quarantaine de textes écrits par Toni Morrison au cours des dernières décennies, où se donne à lire, dans toute son évidence, sa généreuse intelligence. Elle s’implique, débat, ou analyse des thèmes aussi variés que le rôle de l’artiste dans la société, la question de l’imagination en littérature, la présence des Afro-Américains dans la culture américaine ou encore les pouvoirs du langage. On retrouve dans ces essais ce qui fait également la puissance de ses romans : l’examen des dynamiques raciales et sociales, sa grande empathie, et son pragmatisme politique. La Source de l’amour-propre est à la fois une porte d’entrée dans l’œuvre de Toni Morrison et une somme où se donne à lire l’acuité combative de son autrice. C’est aussi, dans un style dont la vigueur ne cesse de nous éblouir, un puissant appel à l’action, au rêve, à l’espoir.

Tales From A Broad

Tales From A Broad Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Fran Lebowitz
Editor: Monsoon Books
ISBN: 9814358452
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When a frazzled New Yorker who is mad, bad and dangerous to know lands in Asia, life is never quite the same again - for anyone ... Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please - just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank. But when her life in the fast land falls apart - again - it's time for a miracle. Reeling from the worst week of her life, topped off by her most important client stabbing her in the back, Fran realises that she's almost forgotten what her family looks like. She wants out of the rat race and her hectic life as a literary agent - and time to be herself, a real wife and mother to her two small children. Good old Frank delivers what seems the answer to her prayers - to escape for three months to Singapore while he does some business. But what starts out as a little break and a very big culture shock for all concerned marks the hilarious beginning of the end of the old Fran - and a whole new life.

What Liberals Believe

What Liberals Believe Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William Martin
Editor: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 151072060X
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In a political and media environment dominated by conservative interests, liberals need every opportunity to be heard, without distortion and in their own words. What Liberals Believe fulfills this need by bringing together the largest collection of progressive quotations ever published. Compiled by William Martin from speeches, publications, books, blogs, and other sources, it offers wisdom and humor from the keenest progressive minds, both past and present, including Anna Quindlen, Frank Rich, Michael Moore, Oscar Wilde, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Rosa Parks, Barbara Ehrenreich, and John F. Kennedy. This one-of-a-kind book includes timely, insightful quotations covering hundreds of critical issues and even presents a chapter entitled "Callous and Clueless Quotes from the Right" to remind readers just how nasty and thuggish right-wing discourse has become. A perfect resource for writers, bloggers, researchers, activists, speechwriters, teachers, and students, What Liberals Believe will appeal to anyone who has grown weary of the extremism of the shameless right. With a new, updated section reflecting the 2012 presidential season, this book contains everything you need to contextualize incumbent Barack Obama with what other liberals, past and present, believe. What Liberals Believe is an excellent resource to have on hand during the upcoming election.

Artists' SoHo

Artists' SoHo Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Richard Kostelanetz
Editor: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 0823262839
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During the 1960s and 1970s in New York City, young artists exploited an industrial wasteland to create spacious studios where they lived and worked, redefining the Manhattan area just south of Houston Street. Its use fueled not by city planning schemes but by word-of-mouth recommendations, the area soon grew to become a world-class center for artistic creation—indeed, the largest urban artists’ colony ever in America, let alone the world. Richard Kostelanetz’s Artists’ SoHo not only examines why the artists came and how they accomplished what they did but also delves into the lives and works of some of the most creative personalities who lived there during that period, including Nam June Paik, Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Hannah Wilke, George Macuinas, and Alan Suicide. Gallerists followed the artists in fashioning themselves, their homes, their buildings, and even their streets into transiently prominent exhibition and performance spaces. SoHo pioneer Richard Kostelanetz’s extensively researched intimate history is framed within a personal memoir that unearths myriad perspectives: social and cultural history, the changing rules for residency and ownership, the ethos of the community, the physical layouts of the lofts, the types of art produced, venues that opened and closed, the daily rhythm, and the gradual invasion of “new people.” Artists’ SoHo also explores how and why this fertile bohemia couldn’t last forever. As wealthier people paid higher prices, galleries left, younger artists settled elsewhere, and the neighborhood became a “SoHo Mall” of trendy stores and restaurants. Compelling and often humorous, Artists’ SoHo provides an analysis of a remarkable neighborhood that transformed the art and culture of New York City over the past five decades.

BOOKS: SELECTED QUOTES AND WORDS OF WISDOM

BOOKS: SELECTED QUOTES AND WORDS OF WISDOM Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Everbooks Editorial
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BOOKS: SELECTED QUOTES AND WORDS OF WISDOM – Including Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, John Green, Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Oscar Wilde, Roald Dahl, Stephen King and many more! - ABOUT GOLDEN QUOTES GOLDEN QUOTES is a collective of passionate individuals that love to appreciate timeless wisdom compiled and compressed into insightful quotes. Our main goal is to infect you with motivation and inspiration to live life and engage with it at its fullest. - ABOUT THIS BOOK: GOLDEN QUOTES bring you a compilation of the very best quotes from the world's most iconic humans takes on "BOOKS", including: - Abraham Lincoln - Ernest Hemingway - George R.R. Martin - J.K. Rowling - Jane Austen - John Green - Mark Twain - Neil Gaiman - Oscar Wilde - Roald Dahl - Stephen King And many more! - EXAMPLES: "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ― Groucho Marx - "If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." ― Haruki Murakami - "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though." ― J.D. Salinger - "You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children." ― Madeleine L'Engle - "Books are a uniquely portable magic." ― Stephen King

Nanny State

Nanny State Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Harsanyi
Editor: Crown
ISBN: 0767928458
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When did we lose our right to be lazy, unhealthy, and politically incorrect? Move over Big Brother! An insidious new group has inserted itself into American politics. They are the nannies—not the stroller-pushing set but an invasive band of do-gooders who are subtly and steadily stripping us of our liberties, robbing us of the inalienable right to make our own decisions, and turning America into a nation of children. As you read this, countless busybodies across the nation are rolling up their sleeves to do the work of straightening out your life. Certain Massachusetts towns have banned school-yard tag. San Francisco has passed laws regulating the amount of water you should use in dog bowls. The mayor of New York City has french fries and doughnuts in his sights. In some parts of California, smoking is prohibited . . . outside. The government, under pressure from the nanny minority, is twisting the public’s arm into obedience. Playground police, food fascists, anti-porn crusaders —whether they're legislating morality or wellbeing—nannies are popping up all over America. In the name of health, safety, decency, and—shudder—good intentions, these ever-vigilant politicians and social activists are dictating what we eat, where we smoke, what we watch and read, and whom we marry. Why do bureaucrats think they know what's better for us than we do? And are they selectively legislating in the name of political expediency? For instance, why do we ban mini-motorbikes, responsible for five deaths each year, and not skiing, which accounts for fifty deaths each year? Why is medical marijuana, a substance yet to claim a single life, banned and not aspirin, which accounts for about 7,600 deaths? Exhaustively researched, sharply observed, and refreshingly lucid, Nanny Sate looks at the myriad ways we are turning the United States into a soulless and staid nation—eroding not only our personal freedoms but our national character.

The Women Who Made New York

The Women Who Made New York Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Julie Scelfo
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1580056547
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An illuminating, elegant history of New York City, told through the stories of the women who made it the most exciting and influential metropolis in the world Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. You will read about men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world. But that's not the whole story. The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work. Paired with striking, contemporary illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York offers a visual sensation--one that reinvigorates not just New York City's history but its very identity.

Redressing the balance

Redressing the balance Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Zita Dresner
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781617034688
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Gathers humorous stories, poetry, and essays by American writers from Anne Bradstreet to Erma Bombeck and Erica Jong.

Barrel Fever

Barrel Fever Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Sedaris
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748123083
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In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz and the National Enquirer, Sedaris's collection of stories and essays is a rollicking tour through the American Zeitgeist: a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tried to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; and in his essays, David Sedaris considers the hazards of rewards of smoking, writing for Giantess magazine, and living with his scrappy brother Paul, aka 'The Rooster'. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes and reads stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behaviour. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life - and anything can happen.

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Craig Brown
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008340021
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WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020 A Spectator Book of the Year • A Times Book of the Year • A Telegraph Book of the Year • A Sunday Times Book of the Year From the award-winning author of Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret comes a fascinating, hilarious, kaleidoscopic biography of the Fab Four.

Ten North Frederick

Ten North Frederick Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John O'Hara
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0698141806
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The National Book Award–winning novel by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” Joe Chapin led a storybook life. A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed to have it all. But as his daughter looks back on his life, a different man emerges: one in conflict with his ambitious and shrewish wife, terrified that the misdeeds of his children will dash his political dreams, and in love with a model half his age. With black wit and penetrating insight, Ten North Frederick stands with Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road, Evan S. Connell’s Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, the stories of John Cheever, and Mad Men as a brilliant portrait of the personal and political hypocrisy of mid-century America. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Dating Tips for the Unemployed

Dating Tips for the Unemployed Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Iris Smyles
Editor: HMH
ISBN: 0544703685
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One of the Believer’s Best Books of the Year: One woman’s journey through that awkward period between being born and dying. A modern odyssey about trying to find one’s home in the world, this collection of wickedly funny and offbeat vignettes touches upon quantum physics; the Donner Party; arctic exploration; Greek mythology; Rocky I, II, V, IV, VI, and III respectively; and literary immortality. Dating Tips for the Unemployed “melds novel, autobiography, and all manner of asides as [the author] flails at art, love, and friendship with the wry intelligence of someone just wise enough to realize they have no idea what they’re doing. A flat-out joy to read” (O, The Oprah Magazine). “In engaging episodes, Iris-the-character neurotically navigates dating in New York City, smokes pot on Greek islands with hapless lovers, drinks too much, deals with disapproving family, and eats a lot of cannoli. Smyles’s surreal, lyrical voice elevates these everyday scenarios into the realm of the fantastic and absurd. Included in the book are hilariously stylized advertisements full of false promises, such as ‘Health Secrets of the Roman Empire’ and ‘Have Your Portrait Painted By An Elephant!’ all for a price. Smyles is sharp, melancholy, and wickedly funny. She is unafraid to reveal and revel in her character’s flaws because it is what makes them so achingly, relatably human.” —Interview “Something like a cocktail of Dorothy Parker, James Joyce, and Philip Roth iced, sweetened, and blended.” —The Nervous Breakdown “Whimsy, satire, and rollicking social commentary . . . Ms. Smyles is a misanthrope-of-the-people, a standout on the order of Fran Lebowitz.” —The East Hampton Star