Shawn Levy

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Shawn Levy is the author of eleven books of biography, pop culture history, and poetry. The former film critic of The Oregonian and KGW-TV and a former editor of American Film, he has been published in Sight and Sound, Film Comment, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Black Rock Beacon, among many other outlets. He jumps and claps and sings for victory in Portland, Oregon, where he serves on the board of directors of Operation Pitch Invasion.

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Paul Newman: A Life

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Rat Pack Confidential: Fran...

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De Niro: A Biography

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Ready, Steady, Go! The Smas...

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Dolce Vita Confidential: Fe...

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The Last Playboy: The High ...

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In on the Joke: The Origina...

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King of Comedy: The Life an...

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A Year in the Life of Death by Shawn Levy
"Although I can only eat 2 ounces at a time
I voraciously ate it all down
in one sitting

It may be gluttony or some other deadly sin
But I will dine here again. And again.
Comfort food.


"
A Year in the Life of Death by Shawn Levy
"Confession: I know and love Shawn as real person in the real world.
Second confession: I don't always go to the trouble of telling the internet about books by friends. But here's why I'm here: this collection is tender and hilarious. It's sharp but k" Read more of this review »
A Year in the Life of Death by Shawn Levy
"This book is a serious delight, a dish you can snack on or dine on. The greatest delight is reading the heart of the author in who he writes about and how he writes. And finally, I find I will also make a mark on someone’s life, although maybe not re" Read more of this review »
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“What can you possibly say about Rome?
That it's eternal? That all roads lead to it? That it wasn't built in a day? That when there you should do as the locals do?

Please.
For millennia, Rome has embodied and repelled every cliché, description, and act of comprehension or explanation applied to it.
As a city, it has been built and destroyed and rebuilt by - and has celebrated and signified and outlasted - caesars and barbarians and popes and Fascists and prophets and artists and pilgrims and schemers and migrants and lovers and fools.”
Shawn Levy, Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

“A man without enemies is a man without character.”
Shawn Levy, Paul Newman: A Life

“This is a sad town,” he said. “One can be here 10 years and not make enough friends to count. Anything with any character, any history, they will tear it down and they will put in a neon sign. Or something in plastic.”
Shawn Levy, The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

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