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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.

He wrote the screenplay for Cargo, Les Hommes Perdus, which was produced and released in France in 2010. Found Objects, his debut novel, came out in 2013. His latest novel, Monkey Temple, was published in February 2019.




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Found Objects

3.75 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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The Rub of Time by Martin Amis
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Martin Amis perennially sits on my shifting list of favorite writers. He writes fiction, memoir, criticism, journalism, and I guess whatever he damn feels like or gets offered money for. He can be insightful or stubborn, vicious or tender, optimistic ...more
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Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
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This book follows up Harari’s earlier Sapiens by looking into the future and exploring what may become of the human race. He begins by stating that in the past few decades, we have more or less solved the three major problems that have plagued and dr ...more
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Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli
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As in his earlier books, he does a terrific job of making complex scientific concepts understandable. He lays out Einstein’s general theory of relativity in the clearest manner I have ever read. He even makes time more understandable than he did in h ...more
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How History Gets Things Wrong by Alex Rosenberg
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As a novelist and editor, I need to be hip to the subtleties and not-so-subtleties of stories and storytelling as humanity’s oldest, fastest, and strongest means of communicating complex ideas and their concomitant emotions. So when I heard about a n ...more
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The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
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Rovelli is a terrific writer who can explain scientific principles in an everyday way and contagiously derive philosophical, spiritual, and poetic pleasure from them. Much of the book is a history of our attempts to understand time. He clearly presen ...more
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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
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This isn’t your usual history of political-military power. It’s a history of the human race, or more like an MRI scan. It’s not about who built or conquered this or that, but where we as a species came from and are going, what drives us, what blinds ...more
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Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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The first back-cover quote chosen by the publisher or, more likely, by the author: “The problem with Taleb isn’t that he’s an asshole. He is an asshole. The problem with Taleb is that he is right.” The problem with this book is telling one from the o ...more
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This Idea Is Brilliant by John Brockman
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For Edge.org’s 2018 annual collection of about 200 very short essays by top thinkers in various fields, each contributor tackles this question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known? The answers fall all over the map, but as y ...more
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