February 2018

I’m updating this the day after yet another school shooting and I’m feeling angry and disgusted but I’m trying not to let that influence these amazing books I’ve read over the past couple of months.

The One-Hour Drama Series: Producing Episodic Television by Robert Del Valle
Incredibly helpful, both for the show I’m working on now and the ones I hope to be working on soon.

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
We spent two weeks in Japan and I fell in love with the country. This book is marvelously researched and heartbreaking.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
Rachel Kushner has done something astonishing with this novel. She has given us the life of a woman in prison in a way that is not merely accurate but true in every way. She is one of the best writers writing in America today.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
A marvel.

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
It’s short and it will remind you that time is fucking up.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
All I ever want to do is live in the worlds that Meg creates.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
How does she do it? How does she write so quickly and so beautifully?

The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
One of my favorite books that I’ve read in the past year or so. It’s constructed differently from most novels. It’s a slice of life that’s so foreign and so delicious. I could have used another 100 pages though.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
I can’t believe how freaked out I am right now. I don't get anywhere near enough sleep and neither do you.

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory B. Smith
Beautifully constructed, beautifully written.

Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Mitchell is probably one of my favorite writers. This book is terrific.