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by Tom Bissell
Published by Believer Books
304p, b&w, softcover, 5.5"x8.25"
"In Magic Hours, award-winning essayist Tom Bissell plumbs the depths and scales the heights of the creative process. From the set of The Big Bang Theory
to one of David Foster Wallace's last works; from the otherworldly
universe of Werner Herzog's films to Tommy Wiseau's simply alien cult
film The Room; from Iraq war documentaries to video-game
character voices, Bissell asks why people choose to make the things they
do and he shows us how they do it with startling insight and biting
What are sitcoms for exactly? Can art be both bad and genius?
Why do some books survive and others vanish? Bissell's exploration of
these questions makes for gripping, unforgettable reading."