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Peter Gelfan

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Peter Gelfan is a novelist, screenwriter, and freelance book editor. He was born in New York City, grew up in New Haven and the New York suburbs, and has lived in Spain, England, Florida, and Vermont.

FOUND OBJECTS is his debut novel. He wrote the screenplay for CARGO, LES HOMMES PERDUS, which was produced and released in France in 2010. He lives in New York City, where he is working on his next novel.



Average rating: 3.75 · 73 ratings · 25 reviews · 3 distinct works
Found Objects

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Equipment for Living by Michael  Robbins
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His jaded mania for music, poetry, and snobby anti-snobbery is itchy and infectious. He throws so much at you so fast I didn’t know whether he was putting us on or showing us up—sure, it’s both, but which is when? Once I learned not to try too hard t ...more
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Scale by Geoffrey West
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In many ways, especially in its basic biology, an elephant is just a giant mouse. Yet their lives are qualitatively very different because of their size disparity. Likewise, a metropolis can be seen as a scaled-up small town, and yet city life has a ...more
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Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
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I could quickly toss off an answer to that question. Sapolsky takes over 700 pages—fascinating, humbling, worldview-bending pages—to explain a spectrum of processes, ranging from split-second neuronal reactions to billion
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Mindwise by Nicholas Epley
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In my late teens, I realized I had a gift. I could look at a person, perhaps talk to him or her for a few seconds, and unto me would be delivered a vivid character inventory—personality traits, some family history, and a peek at hang-ups. Wow—instant ...more
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This Idea Must Die by John Brockman
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I have become a big fan of Brockman’s Edge books, each of which provides a collection of brief, standalone descriptions of important and intriguing new ideas in science and philosophy. This one puts a twist on the process. It helps you decide which o ...more
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Chronicles, Volume One by Bob Dylan
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Refreshingly, this memoir isn’t devoted to the lurid side of musical stardom—sex, drugs, and, if you’re lucky, a little rock ’n’ roll. The book does have a star-studded cast of other musicians, but Dylan always talks about their music and outlooks on ...more
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I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Hofstadter, who became famous with his 1979 book Gödel, Escher, Bach, now tackles the task of defining the self, “I,” consciousness, and the soul, all of which he sees as the same thing. He approaches the question with both science and philosophy, al ...more
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Now - The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller
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Unlike some theorists, Muller doesn’t think time is an illusory artifact or that the future is set in stone by a set of quantum physics equations. He thinks time actually exists, and the key to understanding it is to define what we mean by now. This ...more
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Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock
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Forecasting—estimating the probability of specific future events—isn’t just for weather people and TV pundits. It should lie at the heart of any decision we make. What will happen if…? Tetlock has been scientifically studying forecasting for over 30 ...more
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