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Improv Nation by Sam Wasson

Title Improv Nation
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2017-12-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9780544557208
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A sweeping yet intimate--and often hilarious--history of a uniquely American art form that has never been more popular

Improv Nation by Sam Wasson

Title Improv Nation
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2017-12-05
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 485
ISBN 9780544558250
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Like the best of his subjects, which include Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray and Tina Fey, Wasson has perfect timing.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune Finalist for the 2017 George Freedley Memorial Award In this richly reported, scene-driven narrative, Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv from its unlikely beginnings in McCarthy-era Chicago. We witness the chance meeting between Mike Nichols and Elaine May, hang out at the after-hours bar where Dan Aykroyd hosted friends like John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner, and go behind the scenes of cultural landmarks from The Graduate to The Colbert Report. Along the way, we befriend pioneers such as Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, Alan Arkin, Tina Fey, Judd Apatow, and many others. “Compelling, absolutely unputdownable…And, in case you’re wondering, yes, the book is funny. In places, very funny. A remarkable story, magnificently told.”—Booklist “One of the most important stories in American popular culture…Wasson may be the first author to explain [improv’s] entire history…a valuable book.”—The New York Times Book Review “Improv Nation masterfully tells a new history of American comedy…It holds the element of surprise—true to the spirit of its subject.”—Entertainment Weekly

Fosse by Sam Wasson

Title Fosse
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2013-11-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 672
ISBN 9780547999227
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Now the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams with Lin-Manuel Miranda executive producing. “Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times “Fascinating . . . Wasson has taken complete control of his subject.” — Wall Street Journal The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse’s innumerable—including Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever—his offstage life was shadowed by deep wounds and insatiable appetites. To craft this richly detailed account, best-selling author Sam Wasson has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources: friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of them speaking publicly about Fosse for the first time. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, Fosse is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywood’s most complex and dynamic icons. “Spellbinding.” —Entertainment Weekly “Impeccably researched.” —Vanity Fair An NPR Best Book of the Year

Long Form Improv by Ben Hauck

Title Long Form Improv
Author Ben Hauck
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Release Date 2012-09
Category Humor
Total Pages 267
ISBN 9781581159813
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A handbook of essentialcomedy skills, useful for all performers!

Forbidden Knowledge by Roger Shattuck

Title Forbidden Knowledge
Author Roger Shattuck
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 1997
Category History
Total Pages 369
ISBN 0156005514
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An examination of the meaning of moral responsibility in literature and our everday lives suggests that we live in a violated world that dismisses taboos

The Big Goodbye by Sam Wasson

Title The Big Goodbye
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Flatiron Books
Release Date 2020-02-04
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781250301833
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, Five A.M. and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpiece Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history. Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of "The Kid" Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written. Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story, The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie-world books ever written. Praise for Sam Wasson: "Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalities...More than that, he understands that style matters, and, like his subjects, he has a flair for it." - The New Yorker "Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out, lovingly." - Hilton Als

Improving Diagnosis In Health Care by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Title Improving Diagnosis in Health Care
Author National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Publisher National Academies Press
Release Date 2016-01-29
Category Medical
Total Pages 472
ISBN 9780309377690
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Getting the right diagnosis is a key aspect of health care - it provides an explanation of a patient's health problem and informs subsequent health care decisions. The diagnostic process is a complex, collaborative activity that involves clinical reasoning and information gathering to determine a patient's health problem. According to Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, diagnostic errors-inaccurate or delayed diagnoses-persist throughout all settings of care and continue to harm an unacceptable number of patients. It is likely that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences. Diagnostic errors may cause harm to patients by preventing or delaying appropriate treatment, providing unnecessary or harmful treatment, or resulting in psychological or financial repercussions. The committee concluded that improving the diagnostic process is not only possible, but also represents a moral, professional, and public health imperative. Improving Diagnosis in Health Care a continuation of the landmark Institute of Medicine reports To Err Is Human (2000) and Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001) finds that diagnosis-and, in particular, the occurrence of diagnostic errorsâ€"has been largely unappreciated in efforts to improve the quality and safety of health care. Without a dedicated focus on improving diagnosis, diagnostic errors will likely worsen as the delivery of health care and the diagnostic process continue to increase in complexity. Just as the diagnostic process is a collaborative activity, improving diagnosis will require collaboration and a widespread commitment to change among health care professionals, health care organizations, patients and their families, researchers, and policy makers. The recommendations of Improving Diagnosis in Health Care contribute to the growing momentum for change in this crucial area of health care quality and safety.

Title Something Wonderful Right Away
Author Jeffrey Sweet
Publisher Hal Leonard Corporation
Release Date 1987
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 383
ISBN 0879100737
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A brief description of the history and goals of two improvizational comedy groups, the Compass and Second City, accompanies interviews with past members from Mike Nichols to Gilda Radner

Going Too Far by Tony Hendra

Title Going Too Far
Author Tony Hendra
Publisher Dolphin Books
Release Date 1987
Category Humor
Total Pages 479
ISBN IND:39000006081124
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Chronicles the history of "Boomer Humor," from its beginnings with Lenny Bruce and Jules Feiffer, through the sixties and the work of Richard Pryor and Woody Allen, to its contemporary expression in "Saturday Night Live"

Title The Big Book of Conflict Resolution Games Quick Effective Activities to Improve Communication Trust and Collaboration
Author Mary Scannell
Publisher McGraw Hill Professional
Release Date 2010-05-28
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780071743662
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Make workplace conflict resolution a game that EVERYBODY wins! Recent studies show that typical managers devote more than a quarter of their time to resolving coworker disputes. The Big Book of Conflict-Resolution Games offers a wealth of activities and exercises for groups of any size that let you manage your business (instead of managing personalities). Part of the acclaimed, bestselling Big Books series, this guide offers step-by-step directions and customizable tools that empower you to heal rifts arising from ineffective communication, cultural/personality clashes, and other specific problem areas—before they affect your organization's bottom line. Let The Big Book of Conflict-Resolution Games help you to: Build trust Foster morale Improve processes Overcome diversity issues And more Dozens of physical and verbal activities help create a safe environment for teams to explore several common forms of conflict—and their resolution. Inexpensive, easy-to-implement, and proved effective at Fortune 500 corporations and mom-and-pop businesses alike, the exercises in The Big Book of Conflict-Resolution Games delivers everything you need to make your workplace more efficient, effective, and engaged.

Improvising Better by Jimmy Carrane

Title Improvising Better
Author Jimmy Carrane
Publisher Heinemann Drama
Release Date 2006
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 71
ISBN 0325009422
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Improvising Better is an easy to read self-help book created with the new generation of improviser in mind. It's written for today's performers, looking for a quick fix to their performance problems. This book is a fast read with long-lasting results. Jimmy Carrane and Liz Allen have improvised, taught, and directed in Chicago for over thirty years combined, and have either seen or experienced the most common problems facing improvisers today. Improvising Better will give you simple tools for repairing your improvisation through original and enhanced exercises. This book addresses the improviser as a whole, including how offstage issues affect onstage performance. Speaking candidly about this very personal art form, Carrane and Allen offer common-sense solutions, some tough love, and a little inspiration along the way. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, Improvising Better will catapult you to the next level in your career as a working improviser.

Improv For Actors by Dan Diggles

Title Improv for Actors
Author Dan Diggles
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2004-03-01
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781581159417
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. Through 28 lessons—each of which includes warm-ups, points of concentration, and improvisation exercises—Improv for Actors provides insights into thinking and reacting with fluidity, exploring a character’s social status, using the voice and body as effective tools of storytelling, and more. Actors of all levels will soon be able to give a fresh, original approach to classic characters, create funnier performances in farce and comedy, and make dramatic characters richer and more believable.

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Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2021
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781501727870
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
Author Matt Besser
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2013
Category Comedy
Total Pages 384
ISBN 0989387801
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a comprehensive guide to the UCB style of long form comedy improvisation. Written by UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, the manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work (with a heavy emphasis on finding "the game" of the scene), to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures, such as "The Harold" and "The Movie". A practical "how to" book, the guide provides exercises throughout to help the reader master each new concept and technique introduced. While the manual is written to be understood by beginners with no previous exposure to improvisational comedy, experienced improvisors will find it to be an excellent resource for honing their skills, clarifying concepts, and generally taking their work to a higher level.

The Funniest One In The Room by Kim Howard Johnson

Title The Funniest One in the Room
Author Kim Howard Johnson
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release Date 2008-04-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781569764367
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Containing recollections from more than 80 of the comedic giant's closest friends and colleagues, this absorbing biography explores Del Close's old haunts, his sensational past, and the reality behind the tales he told so often. From traveling with a carnival and hanging out with a pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard to riding with the Merry Pranksters and using a coven of witches to help him kick a lifelong cocaine habit, Close led an incredibly rich life--one whose absurdity proved great fodder for improv theater. Astute and compassionate, Close influenced improvisational theater's greatest comedic talents of the last 50 years--Nichols and May, Lenny Bruce, Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Tina Fey--and coached the witty masterminds behind such comedic institutions as Second City, "Saturday Night Live," Groundlings, and the Upright Citizen's Brigade.

Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson

Title Improv Wisdom
Author Patricia Ryan Madson
Publisher Harmony
Release Date 2010-03-24
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9780307531841
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors. Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges—whether it’s dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life’s never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including “Say Yes,” “Start Anywhere,” “Face the Facts,” and “Make Mistakes, Please,” helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor.

City Of Dreams by Tyler Anbinder

Title City of Dreams
Author Tyler Anbinder
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2016-10-18
Category History
Total Pages 768
ISBN 9780544103856
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Told brilliantly, even unforgettably ... An American story, one that belongs to all of us." — Boston Globe “A richly textured guide to the history of our immigrant nation’s pinnacle immigrant city has managed to enter the stage during an election season that has resurrected this historically fraught topic in all its fierceness.” — New York Times Book Review New York has been America’s city of immigrants for nearly four centuries. Growing from Peter Minuit’s tiny settlement of 1626 to a clamorous metropolis with more than three million immigrants today, the city has always been a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. City of Dreams is the long-overdue, inspiring, and defining account of New York’s immigrants, both famous and forgotten: the young man from the Caribbean who relocated to New York and became a founding father; Russian-born Emma Goldman, who condoned the murder of American industrialists as a means of aiding downtrodden workers; Dominican immigrant Oscar de la Renta, who dressed first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Over ten years in the making, Tyler Anbinder’s story is one of innovators and artists, revolutionaries and rioters, staggering deprivation and soaring triumphs. In so many ways, today’s immigrants are just like those who came to America in centuries past—and their stories have never before been told with such breadth of scope, lavish research, and resounding spirit. “A masterful achievement, City of Dreams is the definitive account of the American origin story, as told through our premier metropolis. Bold, exhaustive, always surprising, Anbinder’s book is a wonderful reminder of how we came to be who we are.” — Timothy Egan, best-selling author of The Immortal Irishman

Hive Mind by Garett Jones

Title Hive Mind
Author Garett Jones
Publisher Stanford University Press
Release Date 2015-11-11
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780804797054
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Over the last few decades, economists and psychologists have quietly documented the many ways in which a person's IQ matters. But, research suggests that a nation's IQ matters so much more. As Garett Jones argues in Hive Mind, modest differences in national IQ can explain most cross-country inequalities. Whereas IQ scores do a moderately good job of predicting individual wages, information processing power, and brain size, a country's average score is a much stronger bellwether of its overall prosperity. Drawing on an expansive array of research from psychology, economics, management, and political science, Jones argues that intelligence and cognitive skill are significantly more important on a national level than on an individual one because they have "positive spillovers." On average, people who do better on standardized tests are more patient, more cooperative, and have better memories. As a result, these qualities—and others necessary to take on the complexity of a modern economy—become more prevalent in a society as national test scores rise. What's more, when we are surrounded by slightly more patient, informed, and cooperative neighbors we take on these qualities a bit more ourselves. In other words, the worker bees in every nation create a "hive mind" with a power all its own. Once the hive is established, each individual has only a tiny impact on his or her own life. Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ, thereby fostering higher savings rates, more productive teams, and more effective bureaucracies. After demonstrating how test scores that matter little for individuals can mean a world of difference for nations, the book leaves readers with policy-oriented conclusions and hopeful speculation: Whether we lift up the bottom through changing the nature of work, institutional improvements, or freer immigration, it is possible that this period of massive global inequality will be a short season by the standards of human history if we raise our global IQ.

Title R evolutionary Improv
Author Andy Evans
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date 2016-04-27
Category
Total Pages 138
ISBN 1532981465
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stand-up Comedy has always been at the heart of improvisation and a means through which true comic talent was tested. Andy Evans, known as the Comedy Counselor explores the history of stand-up and its origins in Washington, D.C.

Can T Even by Anne Helen Petersen

Title Can t Even
Author Anne Helen Petersen
Publisher Mariner Books
Release Date 2021-05-04
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780358561842
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An incendiary examination of burnout in millennials--the cultural shifts that got us here, the pressures that sustain it, and the need for drastic change