Neal Gabler

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Neal Gabler is a distinguished author, cultural historian and television commentator who has been called “one of America’s most important public intellectuals.” His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History and the Theatre Library Association Award for the best book on television, radio or film. On the centenary of the first public exhibition of motion pictures in America, a special panel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named it one of the one hundred outstanding books on the American film industry. His second book, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named the non- ...more

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Neal Gabler I never get writer's block because I have always felt it is a luxury I cannot afford. Writing is my passion, but it is also my job -- my way to earn m…moreI never get writer's block because I have always felt it is a luxury I cannot afford. Writing is my passion, but it is also my job -- my way to earn my living. I have to write. I don't have a choice. I tell my students that no factory worker ever showed up to the assembly line and said, "I'm just not in the mood to screw on these widgets today. I feel blocked." Frankly, I don't think writers should invoke a similar excuse. You just do it.(less)
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“He had passed beyond the afflictions of this world. Walt Disney had at last attained perfection.”
Neal Gabler, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

“...because television had become the primary means through which people appropriated the world, it promulgated an epistemology in which all information, whatever the source, was forced to become entertainment.”
Neal Gabler, Life: The Movie - How Entertainment Conquered Reality

“Having invited these performances in the first place, the media justified covering them because they were receiving media attention... The result was to make of modern society one giant Heisenberg effect in which the media were not really reporting what people did; they were reporting what people did to get media attention.”
Neal Gabler, Life: The Movie - How Entertainment Conquered Reality

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