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Magic Hours
Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation | Tom Bissell
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In Magic Hours, award-winning essayist Tom Bissell explores the highs and lows of the creative process. He takes us from the set of The Big Bang Theory to the first novel of Ernest Hemingway to the final work of David Foster Wallace; from the films of Werner Herzog to the film of Tommy Wiseau to the editorial meeting in which Paula Fox's work was relaunched into the world. Originally published in magazines such as The Believer, The New Yorker, and Harper's, these essays represent ten years of Bissell's best writing on every aspect of creation—be it Iraq War documentaries or video-game character voices—and will provoke as much thought as they do laughter. What are sitcoms for exactly? Can art be both bad and genius? Why do some books survive and others vanish? Bissell's exploration of these questions make for gripping, unforgettable reading.
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jmtrivera
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Spent last night reading about writing about writing about writing. 😄

rretzler 😝 1mo
jmtrivera Now you're reading about reading about writing about writing about writing. 😉 1mo
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jmtrivera
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This is a tentative #MayTBR, but I don't know the next #EclecticReaders pick or if I would rather do some more rereads and series reads. I'm okay with just doing what I feel like, and #ItsGonnaBeMe.
#AMonthofSongs

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jmtrivera
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Earned this today. 😆

Want some, @MrBook ?

MrBook 😳😱 #TATERTOTS! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘m heading over. 2mo
jmtrivera @MrBook We'll save you some! 😊 2mo
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jmtrivera
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I can't quite do a #TBRshelfie because I'm reading most of these by Kindle, and I'm doing some reorganization of my library anyway. However, here are some March goals! #LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!! Good luck 🍀👍🏻 4mo
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Mehso-so

Bissell is at his best when writing exclusively about a female referent (the terrific "Invisible Girl") or in the complete absence of one. Otherwise, you get moments where engaging in ironic misogyny goes over like a lead fart & earnest looks at tabboo subjects can't pass without clumsy conflations and unneccesary assumptions. Inexperience can excuse some earlier writings (the book arcs 16 years), but persisting flaws mar otherwise fine writing.

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Am probably leaning towards a "so-so" for this collection, mainly due to the roughness of the essays from the first 5-6 years of Bissel's career.

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AMVP
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Extra Lives was my introduction to Bissell and remains one of my favorite essay collections. When I saw he had another essay collection in a similar vein, you know I had to snap it up.

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