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  • Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

    By Jason Zinoman

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062377227
    • Publisher: Harper
    • Published: March 2018
    The New York Times comedy critic, Jason Zinoman, delivers the definitive story of the life and artistic legacy of David Letterman, the signature comedic voice of a generation. In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the best-known stars in America, he is also a remote figure whose career has been widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes ground- breaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer's titanic contributions. Moving from Letterman's early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman has explored behind the scenes of Letterman's television career to shed light on the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality. In arguing that Letterman had three great artistic periods, each one a distinct part of his evolution, Zinoman examines captivating segments that defined Late Night with David Letterman--for example, Stupid Pet Tricks and other key broadcasting moments--to illuminate Letterman's relationship with his writers and, in particular, the show's co-creator, Merrill Markoe, with whom Letterman had a long professional and personal connection. To understand popular culture today, it is necessary to understand David Letterman. With this enlightening biography, Zinoman offers a perceptive study of the man and the artist whose caustic voice was crucial to an entire generation of comedians and viewers--and whose singular style ushered in new tropes that have become clichés in contemporary comedy.
  • Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

    By Jason Zinoman

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780062377210
    • Publisher: Harper
    • Published: April 2017
  • Shock Value

    By Jason Zinoman

    Our Price: $34.99
    • Format: Audio/CD
    • ISBN-13: 9781452602691
    • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
    • Published: July 2011
    Traces the achievements of such influential counter-culture directors as Wes Craven, Roman Polanski and John Carpenter, describing how they incorporated modern politics and gritty realism into such classics as Rosemary's Baby and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to reinvent the horror film genre in the 1970s. Simultaneous. Book available.
  • Shock Value

    By Jason Zinoman

    Our Price: $24.99
    • Format: Audio/CD
    • ISBN-13: 9781452652696
    • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
    • Published: July 2011
    Traces the achievements of such influential counter-culture directors as Wes Craven, Roman Polanski and John Carpenter, describing how they incorporated modern politics and gritty realism into such classics as Rosemary's Baby and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to reinvent the horror film genre in the 1970s. Simultaneous. Book available.
  • Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

    By Jason Zinoman

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143121367
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 2011
    Much has been written about the storied New Hollywood of the 1970s, but at the same time that Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorcese were producing their first classic movies, a parallel universe of directors gave birth to the modern horror film. Shock Value tells the unlikely story of how directors like Wes Craven, Roman Polanski, and John Carpenter revolutionized the genre in the 1970s, plumbing their deepest anxieties to bring a gritty realism and political edge to their craft. From Rosemary’s Baby to Halloween, the films they unleashed on the world created a template for horror that has been relentlessly imitated but rarely matched. Based on unprecedented access to the genre’s major players, this is an enormously entertaining account of a hugely influential golden age in American film. 288p.
  • Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

    By Jason Zinoman

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781594203022
    • Publisher: The Penguin Press
    • Published: July 2011
    In the world of 1970s cinema, at the same time Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola were making their first classic movies, a parallel universe of directors gave birth to the modern horror film – aggressive, raw, and utterly original. Based on unprecedented access to the genre’s major players, NY Times critic Jason Zinoman’s SHOCK VALUE delivers an enthralling, behind-the-scenes account of horror’s golden age. This new kind of film dispensed with the old vampires and werewolves and instead assaulted audiences with portraits of serial killers, the dark side of suburbia, and a brand of nihilistic violence that had never been seen before. This book tells the improbable stories behind the making of these movies, which remain misunderstood even by some of their most- die-hard fans. The classic horror films of the 1970s conquered both the multiplex and the art house, but they have also penetrated deep into the American consciousness. Jason Zinoman demonstrates that these films have taught us what to be afraid of. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of the most important artists in horror, SHOCK VALUE provides a vivid account of a hugely influential golden age in American film. Notes, Bibliography, Index. Illus., b&w photos. 274p.

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