Character Studies: Encounters With the Curiously Obsessed

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 13, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
In these characteristically incisive essays, Mark Singer profiles eccentrics, monomaniacs, and other remarkable people he thinks we ought to meet. He takes us into the worlds of the sleight-of-hand master Ricky Jay, the ardent bibliophile Michael Zinman, and better-known personalities such as the entrepreneur Donald Trump and the meticulous filmmaker Martin Scorsese. He interviews a devoted fan of the cowboy movie star Tom Mix and a group of Texans who are determined to recover the skull of Pancho Villa from Yale's Skull and Bones society, among others. A riveting tour of obsession, Character Studies reveals the passions that drive the ordinary, the quirky, and the truly, fanatically fixated.

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CHARACTER STUDIES: Encounters with the Curiously Obsessed

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Eclectic, long-winded and occasionally diverting portraits by New Yorker staff writer Singer (Somewhere in America, 2004, etc.). The quirkier the subject the better in this reporter's book, although ... Read full review

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Singer (Somewhere in America ) here offers an entertaining mix of his portraits from The New Yorker , gathered in book form for the first time. In the essays he trains his skills on the likes of ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Mark Singer has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1974. He is the author of Funny Money, Mr. Personality, Citizen K, and Somewhere in America. He lives in New York City.

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