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Opinion | My Father Wanted to Prove America Wrong About Race - The New York Times
By Susan E. Rice
Ms. Rice, a contributing opinion writer, is the author of the forthcoming memoir, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” from which this essay is adapted.
African-Americans  books  Emmett_Rice  memoirs  Susan_Rice  tough_love 
17 days ago by jerryking
George Takei Recalls Time In An American Internment Camp In 'They Called Us Enemy' : NPR
Through his graphic memoir, the Star Trek actor-turned-author shows that while it may be too late to undo the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, it's not too late to learn from it.
internment  books  manzanar  japanese.americans  george.takei  memoirs  history  ww2 
july 2019 by po
Michelle Zauner, a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast, is writing a memoir
We’ve been fans of Michelle Zauner—known frequently in the musical world by the name of her acclaimed solo project, Japanese Breakfast—for several years now, digging happily into dreamy indie albums like Psychopomp and Soft Sounds From Another Planet. Said solo project had its origins in a dark period of Zauner’s life, though, penning songs while she watched her mother slowly die of cancer in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Now Zauner is tackling her personal expression from a differ...
music  bands  memoirs  koreans 
july 2019 by po
Memoirs of a Seafaring Life by William Spavens - AbeBooks
Stock Image Memoirs of a Seafaring Life Spavens, William Published by The Folio Society (2001) Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1 £ 4 Shipping: £ 3.35 Seller:…
rare  books  sailing  history  biography  memoirs 
april 2019 by asaltydog
Hitch-22 - Wikipedia
Hitch-22: A Memoir is a memoir written by author and journalist Christopher Hitchens. The book was published in May 2010 by Atlantic Books in the UK and June…
books  journalism  politics  philosophy  essay  history  reference  biography  memoirs 
february 2019 by asaltydog
Resilience and Rebellion in Contemporary China
Two new memoirs about life in China shed valuable light on the country’s growth from an economic backwater to a modern superpower. While the Communist Party of China remains fixated on hiding and rewriting the past, ordinary Chinese are determined to write the country’s future. Shortly after China’s strongman president, Xi Jinping, came to power in late 2012, the Communist Party of China circulated its now-infamous “Document No. 9,” banning seven topics from public discourse. In addition to the obvious – constitutional democracy, civil society, individual rights – the CPC forbade any speech or writing that might fall into the category of “historical nihilism.”The CPC’s ideological police were not referring to the work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, which is infused with the concept of nihilism, but rather to the party’s own past. As a casual reading of the document makes clear, Xi and his lieutenants were worried that a truthful accounting of the events that have shaped contemporary China would expose the CPC’s own lies. “Historical nihilism” thus captures any challenge to the party’s official historical narrative and mythology.
ps-columns  books  China  memoirs 
february 2019 by thomas.kochi
The Beastie Boys Put Down the Mic and Pick Up the Pen - The New York Times
“After the death of Adam Yauch, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz worked to capture the groundbreaking group’s aesthetic and legacy on the page. Here’s how they did it.”
books  history  music  news  memoirs  beastie  boys  hip-hop  nyc  brooklyn  1980s  1990s 
january 2019 by adriancooke
Nedim Yasar: Reformed gangster shot after book launch - BBC News
Nedim Yasar, 31, dies in Copenhagen after promoting his memoir on how he left a life of crime.
gangsters  crime  books  tragic  memoirs 
december 2018 by po
Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Is a Book America Needs, From a Woman It Does Not Yet Deserve
It is the perfect blend of the American dream and the American reality.Becoming is inspirational without trying to be. From the first words, the very warmth that permeates its author emanates from the pages. Politics play more of a background role, fitting since Obama makes it clear that the antics of D.C played a huge role in her life, but were not and are not her life. Instead, the book is conversational and welcoming. At times, reading it feels like spending an afternoon in a sunroom with a friend who is sharing her life story. She ties memories from her youth to the events that come later, so that while the reader knows how her story will unfold, she still makes every new development satisfying. At times, her stories overlap so it’s hard to grasp the timeline, but her style makes those moments feel like natural asides. Most of all, even with this coziness, Becoming never shies away from the uncomfortable realities of what it means to be a black woman in America, and more specifically what it means to be the first black First Lady of America.Becoming details the luxuries of living in the White House; the opulence and opportunities that very few are privileged to experience, yet Obama recognizes that for her family, the lens was zoomed in closer than on most.This balance is the heart of the book. This balance is the America I know and that so many marginalized people know. At times, inequality seems as American as apple pie.
Time  books  Obama  memoirs 
november 2018 by thomas.kochi
Michael Ovitz, Hollywood super-agent, on ‘winning at all costs’
SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 | Financial Times | by Matthew Garrahan.

In Ovtiz's 20 years at CAA, it assembled hit after hit, including Jurassic Park, Tootsie, Goodfellas and Dances with Wolves. He talks about the agency as though describing a military campaign (he is a keen student of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War). “When I was at CAA, I had a singular mission, which was to win at all costs,” he says. “We were ultra-competitive and we were in a service business but my thesis was that we weren’t selling a product. We were selling and putting together people’s dreams . . . if we showed a weak link then we would be vulnerable. Vulnerability was a sin.”....Ovitz explains that the memoir evolved from an earlier idea about a book on deals. He played a leading role in the arrival of Japanese companies in Hollywood three decades ago, advising Sony on its 1989 purchase of Columbia Pictures and the sale a year later of Lew Wasserman’s MCA (later renamed Universal, and now part of Sky’s new owner Comcast) to Matsushita. Advising Japanese buyers was a strategic move, he explains. “If the studios are in trouble and going to go out of business, we lose leverage and our clients lose jobs. But if we can bring people in to buy the studios, not only do clients continue to get jobs but we’re the people talking to the owners.”...Ron Meyer and Ovitz
slowly built an empire, starting in television and moving into films, with the aim of representing every significant writer, director and star in town: “no conflict, no interest” was his mantra. It was a radically different model to what had come before. “Agents traditionally fielded orders, so if I was your agent and someone had a job, they’d call me and ask for you,” he says. “Or they’d tell me they had an assignment and, if you happened to be available, I’d pitch you.” Agencies were like “clearing-houses”.....that was archaic. You’re a writer, you’re loaded with ideas . . . why don’t we take those ideas and add elements to them and then sell the whole thing and let you control it? Why would we just wait to answer the phone?”.....Agents took on a more central role in Hollywood after CAA’s rise to power, assembling the composite parts of a film or television project before taking the “package” of script, star and director to the studios....."[Endeavour's] thesis is very similar to the thesis we had [at CAA], which is to expand into new areas that can service clients.”
actors  books  CAA  creating_valuable_content  dealmakers  deal-making  Hollywood  memoirs  Michael_Ovitz  professional_service_firms  Sun_Tzu  talent_management  talent_representation  vindictiveness  Lew_Wasserman 
october 2018 by jerryking
Fascism Reading List
The books in the following list are overwhelmingly written by individuals who had some sort of direct experience with the rise and rule of fascism. Therefore, these are not merely dry accounts of what happened – but fervent efforts on the parts of these authors to make sense of the horrors they lived through. In trying to make sense of their time, these authors can provide us insight into making sense of our own time. It is true that some of these books cover similar themes and topics, though they are not actually redundant, but these are books which work best when placed into conversation with each other. While there is plentiful historical scholarship on fascism, the Nazis’ rise to power, the Holocaust, and World War II – this list emphasizes works by those who personally lived through the period.
history  facism  memory  memoirs  biography 
june 2018 by insertrealname
дневник нины покровской
Из дневника сотрудницы журнала Крокодил (30-е годы XX века)
memoirs  ussr 
april 2018 by alexeypegov

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