Thursday, October 8, 2009

John Krasinski's best books

Actor John Krasinski, of NBC’s The Office, recently made his film-directing debut with Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, an adaptation of a short-story collection by David Foster Wallace.

He named his six best books for The Week magazine. One work of non-fiction on the list:
The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb, with an ­introduction by Peter Benchley (Newmarket, $15).

This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest books about making movies. Gottlieb, who wrote the screenplay for Jaws, gives a day-to-day account of the process of making the film, from choosing the location to building the shark ... or rather, sharks! You get to see the magic—and madness—of moviemaking, from the crazy shoot to the blockbuster hit. If you have ever had a fascination with how movies are made, why not learn it from the best?
Read about all six books on Krasinski's list.

--Marshal Zeringue