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  • peter shared from Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies by Dave Itzkoff
    family legend had it, Harry rescued Gussie from nearly drowning.
    Note: Actually, he saved her from drowning. Had he saved her from "nearly drowning" he'd have drowned her.
  • peter shared from Anchorman in the Nonfiction section of The New York Times Book Review by ROB LOWE
    Recently, the great producer Irwin Winkler told me of his encounter with Paddy Chayefsky. It was in 1976 at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Irwin had “Rocky” up for best picture. Paddy had “Network.” They were standing next to each other when the winner was announced: “Network” and “Rocky” in a tie. Winkler turned to Chayefsky. “Congratulations,” he said, offering his hand. Chayefsky looked at him and said, “I hope you die.”
    Note: Made me laugh.
  • peter shared from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    “According to Chekhov,” Tamaru said, rising from his chair, “once a gun appears in a story, it has to be fired.” “Meaning what?” Tamaru stood facing Aomame directly. He was only an inch or two taller than she was. “Meaning, don’t bring unnecessary props into a story. If a pistol appears, it has to be fired at some point. Chekhov liked to write stories that did away with all useless ornamentation.”
    Note: Good advice.
  • peter shared from The Apartment: A Novel by Greg Baxter
    I was spending lots of time in museums, especially art museums, and one of the things I gradually became more and more aware of was a ludicrous but entirely spooky sense, which presumably no one else shared, that human beings are unwanted disturbances, that the various works hanging nakedly on walls, for instance, are desperate to evict the living, because to have to watch us plodding around them is torture, and that day it occurred to me that the same could be said for the Aeneid, doomed for eternity to be read by students, snobs, and imbeciles.
    Note: This is a really interesting novel.
  • peter shared from Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom
    The comedian Louis C.K. has a routine in which he talks about his daughter’s understanding of fairness. He begins, “My five-year-old, the other day, one of her toys broke, and she demanded that I break her sister’s toy to make it fair.” This would make the sisters equal, but the joke is that something here doesn’t feel right: “And I did. I was like crying. And I look at her. She’s got this creepy smile on her face.”
    Note: Louis C.K. The ethicist's best friend.