Magic Hours

Essays on Creators and Creation

By Tom Bissell
(McSweeney's Books, Paperback, 9781936365760, 256pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

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In Magic Hours, award-winning essayist Tom Bissell explores the highs and lows of the creative process. He takes us from the set of The Big Bang Theory to the first novel of Ernest Hemingway to the final work of David Foster Wallace; from the films of Werner Herzog to the film of Tommy Wiseau to the editorial meeting in which Paula Fox's work was relaunched into the world. Originally published in magazines such as The Believer, The New Yorker, and Harper's, these essays represent ten years of Bissell's best writing on every aspect of creationbe it Iraq War documentaries or video-game character voicesand will provoke as much thought as they do laughter.

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 make for gripping, unforgettable reading.

About the Author
Tom Bissell is the author of several books, including "God Lives in St. Petersburg", "The Father of All Things", and "Extra Lives". He writes for multiple publications, including, "Harper's Magazine", "Slate", and "The New Republic". He also contributes to Grantland and "The New Yorker". Tom lives in Los Angeles, California.
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