Joan Didion – Favorite Books

The favorite books of author, journalist, and screenwriter Joan Didion are examined below.  During her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, Didion won the Prix de Paris, a yearly contest sponsored by Vogue whereby all seniors at accredited colleges throughout the United States are invited to submit writing entires.  Following her first place …

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Nicolas Winding Refn – Favorite Films

A comprehensive list of the favorite films of Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn are examined below.  Refn is undoubtedly one of the most talented, unique, and divisive filmmakers working in Hollywood today.  While he is perhaps best known for directing the films Drive, Bronson and, most recently, The Neon Demon, Refn has directed a number of films that are …

Denis Johnson – Literary Influences, Favorite Poets & Books

The favorite books and literary influences of the late author and poet, Denis Johnson, are examined below.  While Johnson was known as a prolific writer at a young age - publishing his first book of poetry, Man Among Seals, when he was 19 years old - it was not until 1992, following the publication of his …

Elliott Smith – Favorite Albums, Books & Film

A comprehensive list of the favorite film, albums, books of the late singer/songwriter Elliott Smith is examined below.  For more information on a particular album, book, or film, feel free to click on the associated image (via Amazon). FAVORITE ALBUMS The Beatles (The White Album) Jealous Guy Marquee Moon The Marble Index Abbey Road High …

Ryan Adams – Favorite Albums

A comprehensive list examining the favorite albums of singer/songwriter/producer/author Ryan Adams is set forth below.  We conducted an exhaustive review of Adams' social media accounts and examined numerous interviews with Adams by various publications (CBCWeekly, Entertainment Weekly, and Gigwise) to compile the list. For more information on a particular album, feel free to click on …

Philip Roth’s Favorite Books

The favorite books of renowned American novelist, Philip Roth, are examined below (courtesy of Forward). Roth has been awarded numerous prestigious awards from the literary establishment over the course of his career, including the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral: American Trilogy (1) (Vintage International), the National Book Award For Fiction for Goodbye, Columbus : And …

Elmore Leonard’s Favorite Books

Elmore Leonard was a prolific author, best known for his western and crime fiction - many of his novels were subsequently adapted into films, including Jackie Brown (Tarantino), Out of Sight & Get Shorty. Many contemporary authors, including Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos, credit Leonard's dialogue-driven prose and gritty depictions of the criminal underworld (at the center of …

Richard Price – Favorite Books

Richard Price's first novel, The Wanderers, is a coming-of-age story revolving around several young, violent gang members in 1960's New York.  The novel, which Price wrote in his early 20s, is oft-cited as a literary masterpiece amongst his peers. Since that time, Price published Clockers (subsequently adapted into a film directed by Spike Lee), Bloodbrothers, Freedomland, Lush Life, and The Whites (published under …