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Considering Aaron Sorkin: Essays on the Politics, Poetics and Sleight of Hand in the Films and Television Series

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Aaron Sorkin is one of the most notable voices in Hollywood, attracting millions of weekly viewers with his television series The West Wing and scoring box office success with films like A Few Good Men and The American President. With a musician's sense of rhythm and writing skills honed in the theater, Sorkin crafts dialogue that brings characters to life. His crisp, tigh ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 6th 2005 by McFarland & Company
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Tiffany
Sep 07, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Eleven critical essays on Aaron Sorkin's works Malice, A Few Good Men, The American President, Sports Night, and The West Wing:

Introduction and interview with Aaron Sorkin - Thomas Fahy.
Mannerist Noir: Malice - Robert F. Gross
In Plain View and the Dark Unknown: Narratives of the Feminine Body in Malice - Susann Cokal
Athletes, Grammar Geeks, and Porn Stars: The Liberal Education of Sports Night - Thomas Fahy
A Phantom Fly and Frightening Fish: The Unconscious Speaks in Sports Night - Douglas Kees
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Mie
Oct 02, 2016 Mie rated it really liked it
Thoughtful meta and criticism about Aaron Sorkin's work is endless, usually centering on either a) how his works are liberal's daydream or b) how he really can't seem to write women right. These essays give a fair amount of criticisms to his works - up until The West Wing.

There are other points presented, like how he enjoys writing fast talking, well educated characters, or how he almost always seems to advocate that people in government are capable of setting aside agenda for the common good.
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Stephanie
3 stars because I do like reading meta-critique of Sorkin shows, but honestly I was so pissed that the first essay (by the editor, Fahy) gets an episode title wrong, that I was angry the whole way through. How can I take your critique seriously if you can't even get an episode title right? ARGH.
lainey
Jun 09, 2007 lainey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: West Wing Fans
Interesting analysis to Aaron Sorkin's work, particularly West Wing.

Makes me want to rewatch West Wing Season 1- 4, A Few Good Men and The American President and makes me wish Sorkin comes up with more stuff soon.
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Never are the weaknesses of academic writing more evident than when the subject matter is a good writer. Aaron Sorkin's bread and butter is taking an intellectual point and making it accessible. Making smart, cool. So basically, he can dunk on any of these contributors.

I know Sorkin's stuff pretty well, so it was hardly news to me that a) he dreams of living in a liberal wonderland; and b) he has a hard time writing women. (On the latter point, they didn't even get to Studio 60 or The Newsroom.
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I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and I have studied literature and music throughout my life. I earned a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I'm now a professor of American literature and American Studies at Long Island University (C. W. Post).

My most recent novel, The Unspoken (Simon and Schuster), is my first teen thriller/horror novel. The book is a
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