Magic Hours

Magic Hours

Essays on Creators and Creation

Paperback - 2012
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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.
Published: San Francisco : Believer Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781936365760
Branch Call Number: 153.35 BIS
Characteristics: 301 p. ;,21 cm.


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Oct 03, 2012

Disappointing. While claiming to be a book that "explores the highs and lows of the creative process", these essays are more about the author doling out endless heaps of unsubstantiated praise to those he thinks are cool and dumping lots of snark on those he dislikes. Quite a tedious read.

Jun 13, 2012

First rate essays on creators from different media. From writing to film, to video game voice acting, Bissell covers them all.


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