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All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. –James Thurber
John Kenney's Truth in Advertising won the 2014 Thurber Award for American Humor . The book is about an ad man's attempt to discover what he is “running from, and to, and why” as he struggles to create a Super Bowl commercial while dealing with his estranged father's death.
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Want to pitch the Super Bowl this year? Here are some popular alternatives. The Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl sites have live web cams but they come with commercials too.
- 14 Books You Could Read In The Time It Takes to Watch the Super Bowl
- Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl, Fish Bowl
- You can pitch the game and go straight to the pitches (and the latest apologies) at Super Bowl Commercials Dot Org. Back in the day kids, before the Internet, I used to go to art house theaters and watch films that collected all the best ads from around the world. It was all about the creativity and it was fun.
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"The Hypnotist's Love Story" by Liane Moriarty
The hypnotist has finally started dating someone that seems like he could be “the one.” He tells her on a date that he has a stalker and she finds herself fascinated rather than disturbed. This story is told from the point of view of two characters, one of whom is the stalker. The author has such a way with character development that it's easy to sympathize with the stalker and you find yourself liking her. Moriarty seems to be able to capture the most complicated of human emotions and motivations in a simple and accessible way. There are no black and white issues in her books and the truthfulness of that really shines through. This was a very enjoyable read.
"Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis" by Timothy Egan
This is the biography of Edward Curtis, a talented photographer. His obsession was to photograph and document the American Indian before destruction of their ways. Egan writes is a riveting story of how Curtis spent ten years, sacrificed his marriage and family, finances and health to produce a twenty volume work The North American Indian. The photographs at the end of each chapter are a good accompaniment to the text.
"A Light that Never Goes Out: the Enduring Saga of The Smiths" by Tony Fletcher
This is a detailed story of the band The Smiths by a clearly ardent fan that would certainly be of interest to other fans of the band (like myself), but also to anyone following the history of indie music. They are such an English band, and the author details many locations and subtexts that may not be readily apparent to those who are not native Mancunians or familiar with British pop culture and local history. He talks about all of the band’s influences and shows the reader where they fit into musical history. This is a really thick book of 704 pages covering the span of the band’s life, so there’s a lot of detail here, considering they were only together for 6 years.