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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Sitting Down With Lysa Heslov, Director of ‘Served Like A Girl’

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Image courtesy of IMDb.Lysa Heslov, director of “Served Like A Girl,” talks to Sean Tuohy about how she changed as a person and filmmaker while making the documentary, the unbreakable bond she formed with the female veterans, and her next equally complex and emotional project. To learn more, visit the official website for “Served Like A Girl,” like its Facebook page, or follow Heslov and the film on Twitter @heslov_lysa and @servedlikeagirl, respectively. See the official trailer for Heslov’s, Serve Like a Girl:   Be a BookTrib Ambassador!  Sign up NOW for our weekly newsletter.  

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‘Ex Libris’: Award-Winning Film Takes a Fresh Look at the New York Public Library

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As the world is swept into the digital age, the library, too, is swept along with it. From award-winning filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, his new documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library examines how the famous library, and its ninety-two branches, are facing the era of all-things technological. Gone are the days of the obligatory shots of the overcrowded bookshelves, the reading tables in the middle of the room, and the librarians at the front desk observing the patrons with suspicion. While the subject of Ex Libris may be The New York Public Library, there are rarely any books to be seen. Patrons line up at the front desk, but instead of checking out books, they’re handed a tablet streaming device by the…

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‘The Center Will Not Hold’: 24 Joan Didion Quotes That Strike a Nerve

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On the heels of its New York Film Festival premiere, Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion documentary, The Center Will Not Hold, comes to Netflix on October 27. The film is a retrospect of the literary giant’s career, from her earliest successes to more present-day milestones—like the publication of her National Book Award winner, The Year of Magical Thinking. I saw the documentary during a screening at the film festival earlier this month. At the risk of sounding cliche, I laughed (Didion’s solution to writer’s block is putting manuscripts in the freezer), and I cried (a lot of time is dedicated to her late husband and daughter). For the first time, we get an intimate glimpse at a woman who, for the…

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“Man on a Mission”: Bill Nye the Science Guy Documentary Debuts in NYC

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Bill Nye is ‘the science teacher you wish you had,” according to a new documentary on his life and work.  The film, Bill Nye: Science Guy, features the star of the 90’s kid’s TV show of the same name, his personal life, beliefs and how he viewed by his peers. A description of the film describes Nye as “a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world.”  Nye has been very vocal in recent years about climate change and the impact it will have on future generations. Now the CEO The Planetary Society, an organization Carl Sagan, Nye has been a staunch advocate for  “science, research, and discovery.”  Science Guy gives audiences  an intimate…

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Sex, Voyeurism, A Legendary Journalist And The Thin Line Between Fact And Fantasy

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Ever go to a hotel and wonder if anyone is watching you? Voyeur, a documentary shown this weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival about well-known journalist Gay Talese and motel owner Gerald Foos, the voyeur who chose him to write his story. It started more than thirty years earlier when Foos wrote a letter to Talese. Foos owned a small motel in Aurora Colorado that he turned into a laboratory designed specifically to spy on his clientele. In April, 2016 a controversial excerpt from Talese’s upcoming book The Voyeur’s Motel was published  in The New Yorker. Just before the book’s release, The Washington Post ran a story stating the book had factual inconsistencies threatening to destroy the story Talese was working on…

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Documentarian Laurie Kahn Explores Romance in Publishing

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As a long-time romance reader, I’m used to the shame that’s often associated with romance novels. I’ve hidden the covers of my books behind brown paper, snuck romances out of the library with the covers facedown, and been teased by classmates when they found a romance novel in my backpack in high school. I always knew I loved romance, but I also knew it was something I needed to hide. But why is romance so often dismissed? It’s a question that filmmaker Laurie Kahn sets out to answer in her new documentary, Love Between the Covers. She spent three years following various people in the romance novel industry, from publishing giants to aspiring authors. The film explores what it means…

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5 Incredible Documentaries to Watch on Netflix Right Now

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We love documentaries. Too often seen as the intellectual nerd of the film world, documentaries have been getting wedgies from the spy and superhero flicks for too long. Not on our watch! Documentaries have a mesmerizing power to open minds to new ideas and fresh ways of viewing the familiar. While their subject matter falls under non-fiction, the range of emotions and ideas they explore are as wide—or perhaps even wider—than film fiction. To get you started, here are five documentaries worth watching on Netflix right now. Tell the superdudes to take the night off. Bill Cunningham New York follows Bill Cunningham, the acclaimed yet inconspicuous New York City fashion-photographer, as he rides his bicycle through the streets of the…

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Free For All: The first major documentary about libraries needs your help

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A library is like a literary Shangri-la to a book lover. The lobby teems with children skirting around their parents’ feet eagerly waiting to check out their favorite books. Tweens dive into comfy chairs to lose themselves in the latest YA novel. High school students scratch their pencils on piles of homework in the quiet section as aspiring writers tap away on laptops. Elderly patrons get help with their taxes or are shown how to use the computers. And librarians pass among them, checking on this tender and diverse community. What would America be without its public libraries? Contrary to popular belief, more people use their local library than ever before, and yet libraries are endangered by drastic budget cuts,…

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