Jason Zinoman



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Shock Value: How a Few Ecce...

3.84 avg rating — 1,859 ratings — published 2011 — 16 editions
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Letterman: The Last Giant o...

3.70 avg rating — 1,676 ratings — published 2017 — 8 editions
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Searching for Dave Chappelle

3.48 avg rating — 625 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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“[Wes] Craven rejected the ideas of his childhood, but he was still searching for something to replace them with, leading to confusion and dark spells. 'I had to much rage as a result of years of being made to be a good boy,' he says. 'I think when you're raised to be within such rigid confines of thought and conduct, what that does to a person is you think you are terrible if you violate the rules. It makes you crazy. Or it makes you angry.”
Jason Zinoman, Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

“those coming of age in the Reagan era saw the idealism of the 1960s vanish and substituted a cynical and steely veneer. They sighed at political activism and rolled their eyes at passion and engagement. Unlike the hopeful kids from past decades, they were not marked by a particular cause to fight for. They were more likely to find all of politics contemptuous. What united them was a jaded outlook about not just politics but even the nature of honesty itself. “We are determined to make sure everyone knows that what we say might not be what we mean,”
Jason Zinoman, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

“Tellingly, Chappelle kept making sketches about leaving his show.”
Jason Zinoman, Searching for Dave Chappelle

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