Favorite Reads of 2016: Hitchcock by Truffaut

I’m sharing some of my favorite reads of 2016. See them all here.

Possibly the greatest film book ever (a Sight & Sound poll of 51 critics had it tied for 2nd place) Hitchcock by Truffaut is definitely the greatest single book on Hitchcock.

For Truffaut’s generation of filmmakers, Hitchcock was the ultimate master, so the young director proposed a series of interviews covering ever film Hitchcock had ever made. The result is an absolutely engrossing journey into Hitchcock’s mind (he’s quite candid and pans a lot of his own films) and a distillation of his art.

If you’re at all into film, this is an absolute must-read. And even if not, this is just a purely entertaining, fascinating book.

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The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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