Marc Ivan

Marc Ivan

Ireland/India/USA / Filmmaker, writer, composer, film & acting educator. I Iike to read. I also run these: The Irish Film Festival of India and Taylorfest.
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"The Undoing Project" by Michael Lewis follows the life and work of two groundbreaking Israeli psychologists; Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, who's work establishing the systematic flaws in people's decision making won the Nobel prize for economics. A fascinating look at two men's protracted platonic love affair and an introduction into their critique of the misplaced confidence people have in their own judgement. A typical observation from Tversky: "Whenever there is a simple error that…

"The Undoing Project" by Michael Lewis follows the life and work of two groundbreaking Israeli psychologists; Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, who's work establishing the systematic flaws in people's decision making won the Nobel prize for economics. A fascinating look at two men's protracted platonic love affair and an introduction into their critique of the misplaced confidence people have in their own judgement. A typical observation from Tversky: "Whenever there is a simple error that…

"The Periodic Table" by Jewish-Italian writer Primo Levi, is a collection of short stories he produced following the success of his staggering Auschwitz memoir, 'If This Is a Man". I read this in Italy remembering a recently deceased friend who was also an artist and a chemist.

"The Periodic Table" by Jewish-Italian writer Primo Levi, is a collection of short stories he produced following the success of his staggering Auschwitz memoir, 'If This Is a Man". I read this in Italy remembering a recently deceased friend who was also an artist and a chemist.

'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe' by Douglas Adams is the follow up to 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. On the surface it is an absurd, satirical, science-fiction novel, an updated 'Gulliver's Travels', using exotic imaginary contexts as a means to create perspective on peoples petty biases and foibles but on another level it is a classic English comedy-of-manners illustrated by the protagonist disabling the spaceships computer with a command to make a cup of tea.

'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe' by Douglas Adams is the follow up to 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. On the surface it is an absurd, satirical, science-fiction novel, an updated 'Gulliver's Travels', using exotic imaginary contexts as a means to create perspective on peoples petty biases and foibles but on another level it is a classic English comedy-of-manners illustrated by the protagonist disabling the spaceships computer with a command to make a cup of tea.

Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan is a very thought-provoking exploration of early Christianity and the tenuous historical veracity of the Gospels (written decades after the death of Jesus by people who never met him). An example of an early controversy following Jesus's death is the battle for church leadership between Jesus's brother James the Just, in Jerusalem, and Paul of Tarsus, in Rome.

Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan is a very thought-provoking exploration of early Christianity and the tenuous historical veracity of the Gospels (written decades after the death of Jesus by people who never met him). An example of an early controversy following Jesus's death is the battle for church leadership between Jesus's brother James the Just, in Jerusalem, and Paul of Tarsus, in Rome.

"Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim" by David Sedaris is a laugh-out-loud-funny collection of short stories from America's premier sardonic humorist. Mostly revolving around his childhood growing up gay within a large family in North Carolina, this collection covers stories ranging from his indignation at his mother handing over his Halloween candy to the weirdo kids who have no TV, to coveting Anne Frank's annex as a real estate investment. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking.

"Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim" by David Sedaris is a laugh-out-loud-funny collection of short stories from America's premier sardonic humorist. Mostly revolving around his childhood growing up gay within a large family in North Carolina, this collection covers stories ranging from his indignation at his mother handing over his Halloween candy to the weirdo kids who have no TV, to coveting Anne Frank's annex as a real estate investment. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking.

"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders. Upon the death of Abraham Lincoln's son, eleven year-old Willie, from Typhoid fever, we enter a Limbo world (The Bardo) connected to the Washington cemetery where the boy's body is interred, to meet an array of real and fictional undead characters. President Lincoln's loss happens amid the carnage of Civil War, while the population of the Bardo reflect on the sweetness of the life they can't entirely leave behind. A poetic and inventive novella.

"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders. Upon the death of Abraham Lincoln's son, eleven year-old Willie, from Typhoid fever, we enter a Limbo world (The Bardo) connected to the Washington cemetery where the boy's body is interred, to meet an array of real and fictional undead characters. President Lincoln's loss happens amid the carnage of Civil War, while the population of the Bardo reflect on the sweetness of the life they can't entirely leave behind. A poetic and inventive novella.

The River of Shadows - Rebecca Solnit, is not just an exploration of the life and times of Eadweard Muybridge, a bookseller turned large format photographer of the world's first national park (Yosemite) who famously won a bet for the unscrupulous railway tycoon and horse fancier Leland Stanford with his photographic ability to freeze time, but rather a history of modern California and how it has shaped the modern world through a potent cocktail of technological innovation and dream-weaving.

The River of Shadows - Rebecca Solnit, is not just an exploration of the life and times of Eadweard Muybridge, a bookseller turned large format photographer of the world's first national park (Yosemite) who famously won a bet for the unscrupulous railway tycoon and horse fancier Leland Stanford with his photographic ability to freeze time, but rather a history of modern California and how it has shaped the modern world through a potent cocktail of technological innovation and dream-weaving.

"Night of the Hunter" (1955) Charles Laughton's one and only film. In this still Lillian Gish's mother goose character protects her children from Robert Mitchum's sinister Rev. Harry Powell.

"Night of the Hunter" (1955) Charles Laughton's one and only film. In this still Lillian Gish's mother goose character protects her children from Robert Mitchum's sinister Rev. Harry Powell.

"Is it about a bicycle?" The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien (aka Myles Na gCopaleen aka Brian O'Nolan's) masterpiece. Gogol-meets-Kafka-meets-Carroll, this novel brings the reader into a purgatorial comedy of sexy bicycles, faux philosophers and one-legged murders. Despite O'Brien's debut novel being heralded by the likes of Graham Greene, The Third Policeman only managed to be published posthumously.  This book will make you "...completely half afraid to think.”

"Is it about a bicycle?" The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien (aka Myles Na gCopaleen aka Brian O'Nolan's) masterpiece. Gogol-meets-Kafka-meets-Carroll, this novel brings the reader into a purgatorial comedy of sexy bicycles, faux philosophers and one-legged murders. Despite O'Brien's debut novel being heralded by the likes of Graham Greene, The Third Policeman only managed to be published posthumously. This book will make you "...completely half afraid to think.”

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Classic style we are addicted to . . . . . der Blog für den Gentleman - www.thegentlemanclub.de/blog