Tony Bacigalupo highlighted in Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life by Gail Sheehy
"If the magic mantle of the Strong One is passed back and forth between the couple, as we saw happening with Jeb and Serena, there will be progress both in sharing and in independence. The combination is what allows genuine intimacy to flourish."


Tony Bacigalupo highlighted in Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life by Gail Sheehy
"Beginning with the GI Bill or scholarship that would buy the education and the FHA loan that would buy the mortgage on a house, one would then be taken care of by the union, the corporation, the bureaucracy (as part of the vast army of government employees) or welfare until the time came to draw social security benefits and cash in on one’s pension."


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Buzz Andersen highlighted in Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin
"Matthew Weiner, who joined the show for season five, said, “We were exorcising David’s demons. Do you know how many decisions were based on some meeting when he was on Northern Exposure, or Rockford, or Kolchak, or some other show you’ve never heard of where he worked for three years and somebody told him ‘You can’t do that’?”"


Buzz Andersen highlighted in Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin
"“The ancients valued tragedy, not merely for what it told them about the world, but for what it told them about themselves,” he said. “Almost the entire diaspora of American television and film manages to eschew that genuine catharsis, which is what tragedy is explicitly intended to channel. We don’t tolerate tragedy. We mock it. We undervalue it. We go for the laughs, the sex, the violence. We exult the individual over his fate, time and time and time again.”"


Buzz Andersen highlighted in Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin
"Baltimore had a limited prior cinematic history. There had been Homicide and a triptych of films by Barry Levinson, but the city’s most significant and sustained exposure to film production had been through the oeuvre of another native son, John Waters. His was about as far from The Wire’s sensibility as it’s possible to get, but the show nevertheless wound up employing veterans of Waters’s experimental, over-the-top films—most notably Pat Moran, a flaming-red-haired barrel of a woman who handled casting of local extras and day players, and production designer Vince Peranio. It is the…"


Buzz Andersen highlighted in Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin
"On-screen, Colesberry became known to viewers in the small role of hapless detective Ray Cole. Most important, he was one of the men Simon trusted to both share his mission and argue forcefully, at a level approaching his high standards, when they disagreed. For all of his clarity of vision, the veteran of open newsrooms thrived on that kind of feedback. “Whether it was Bob, or Ed Burns, or David Mills, Simon always needs a bounce,” said Johnson."


Buzz Andersen highlighted in Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin
"Once, a carload of armed gang members showed up, fresh off a heist of some kind, and asked Fat Curt, another regular at Blue’s shooting gallery, who the two white dudes were. “Them the writers,” Curt said, as though every corner in Baltimore came with a pair."


Buzz Andersen turned on Public Notes for:
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism by Sandy Hotchkiss
War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin

Kindle Customer shared from Everything Is Bullshit: The greatest scams on Earth revealed by Priceonomics
"Governments perpetrate some of the most consequential big lies. Sometimes the lying is overt. Other times, leaders selectively weigh evidence to draw their preferred conclusions. Either way is lying. But big lies have other progenitors. Once you start looking for big lies, you’ll find the world is built on many ideas that the facts don’t necessarily support. Yet we accept them because “that’s just the way things are.”"
Note: String start to the book Everything is Bullshit


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Deven J. Parekh shared from Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
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Note: finished Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis and gave it 4 stars


Kindle Customer shared from Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows by Samuel Jay Keyser
"The students had devoted so much of their adolescent years to preparing themselves to be accepted by MIT that they hadn’tmanaged the equally important task of separating from home. That task comes to the fore once the students arrive on campus. And then it arrives with a vengeance."
Note: Deeply insightful comment on the culture of MIT. Totally my experience.


Kindle Customer shared from Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows by Samuel Jay Keyser
"I knocked out a first draft of the review. I sat on it for a few days. I rewrote it, polishing it as best I could. Then I gave it to Morris.He kept it for a day. Then he called me into his office."Keyser," he said. "This is a lousy piece of work.""What’s wrong with it?" I stammered."You’re just trashing the book," he said."So?""That’s too easy. If you don’t like what the authors are doing, then show how to do it better yourself.""
Note: When you criticize someone’s work, do you offer a better approach?


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