Difficult Men

Difficult Men : Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

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A revealing look at the shows that helped TV emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century 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 artistic ambition. Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for TV, but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, and Alan Ball; in addition to other writers, executives, directors and actors. Martin delivers never-before-heard story after story, revealing how cable television became a truly significant and influential part of our culture."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 303 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 22mm | 260g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143125699
  • 9780143125693
  • 113,021

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A "New Yorker" "Book to Watch Out For" A "Vulture" "Beach Read" A "Christian Science Monitor" "10 Best Books of July"show more

About Brett Martin

Brett Martinis a correspondent forGQand won the James Beard Journalism Award in 2012. His work has appeared inVanity Fair, Bon Appetit, theNew York Times, The New Yorker, and multiple anthologies and publications. He is also a frequent contributor toThis American Life. He lives in New Orleans."show more

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