Difficult Men Difficult Men

Difficult Men

Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution

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Publisher Description

The 10th anniversary edition, now with a new preface by the author

"A wonderfully smart, lively, and culturally astute survey." - The New York Times Book Review

"Grand entertainment...fascinating for anyone curious about the perplexing miracles of how great television comes to be." - The Wall Street Journal

"I love this book...It's the kind of thing I wish I'd been able to read in film school, back before such books existed." - Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad and co-creator of Better Call Saul


In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows on cable channels dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and creative ambition. Combining deep reportage with critical analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of this artistic watershed - a golden age of TV that continues to transform America's cultural landscape. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players - including David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) - and reveals how television became a truly significant and influential part of our culture.

GENRE
Arts & Entertainment
RELEASED
2013
June 27
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.9
MB

Customer Reviews

turg2323 ,

Recommended for any writer

The passages on Weiner, Chase and Gilligan alone are worth it. The sagging middle, with too much detail about lesser shows, can easily be skimmed. Highly recommended for anyone interested in how this era's unique intersection of art and commerce resulted in some of our finest contemporary stories and artists.

EdgarDaGawd ,

Absolutely loved it.

A very insightful look at the people behind one of the greatest creative eras. The book celebrates their genius while also shining light on their problematic tendencies. It’s honest, informative, and the perfect read for casual fans, TV writer hopefuls, and any execs who wanna know how to do it right.

Jon Weiman ,

Fantastic read .

Excellent book! Loved it.

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