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Bissell, Tom 1974-

Overview
Works: 49 works in 185 publications in 6 languages and 8,895 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  History  Tennis stories  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Comedy films  Essays  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Author of introduction, Commentator, Conceptor
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Tom Bissell
Extra lives : why video games matter by Tom Bissell( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis: Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally, days. If you are reading this flap copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know. Until recently, Bissell was somewhat reluctant to admit to his passion for games. In this, he is not alone. Millions of adults spend hours every week playing video games, and the industry itself now reliably out earns Hollywood. But the wider culture seems to regard video games as, at best, well designed if mindless entertainment. Extra Lives is an impassioned defense of this assailed and misunderstood art form. Bissell argues that we are in a golden age of gaming-but he also believes games could be even better. He offers a fascinating and often hilarious critique of the ways video games dazzle and, just as often, frustrate. Along the way, we get firsthand portraits of some of the best minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at work in video game design today, as well as a shattering and deeply moving final chapter that describes, in searing detail, Bissell's descent into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game whose themes mirror his own increasingly self-destructive compulsions. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is like no other book on the subject ever published. Whether you love video games, loathe video games, or are merely curious about why they are becoming the dominant popular art form of our time, Extra Lives is required reading
Apostle, or, Bones that shine like fire : travels among the tombs of the twelve by Tom Bissell( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journey into the heart of Christianity that explores the mysterious and often paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles -- a book both for those of the faith and for others who seek to understand Christianity from the outside in. Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John: Who were these men? What was their relationship to Jesus? Tom Bissell provides answers to these ancient, elusive questions. He examines not just who these men were (and weren't), but also how their identities have taken shape over the course of two millennia. Ultimately, Bissell finds that the story of the apostles is the story of early Christianity: its competing versions of Jesus's ministry, its countless schisms, and its ultimate evolution from an obscure Jewish sect to the global faith we know today in all its forms and permutations. In his quest to understand the underpinnings of the world's largest religion, Bissell embarks on a years-long pilgrimage to the supposed tombs of the Twelve Apostles. He travels from Jerusalem and Rome to Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, India, and Kyrgyzstan, capturing the rich diversity of Christianity's worldwide reach. Along the way, he engages with a host of characters -- priests, paupers, a Vatican archaeologist, a Palestinian taxi driver, a Russian monk -- posing questions that range from the religious to the philosophical to the political
The disaster artist : my life inside The room, the greatest bad movie ever made by Greg Sestero( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2003, an independent film called The Room starring and written, produced, directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit of indeterminate age and origin named Tommy Wiseau made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as "like getting stabbed in the head," the six-million-dollar film earned a grand total of $1800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Ten years later, The Room is an international cult phenomenon. Thousands of fans wait in line for hours to attend screenings complete with costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons. In The Disaster Artist, actor Greg Sestero, Tommy's costar and longtime best friend, recounts the film's long, strange journey to infamy, unraveling mysteries for fans who on earth is "Steven," and what's with that hospital on Guerrero Street? as well as the question that plagues the uninitiated: how the hell did a movie this awful ever get made? But more than just a laugh-out-loud funny story about cinematic hubris, The Disaster Artist is also a great piece of narrative nonfiction, a portrait of a mysterious man who got past every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms. Written with a gimlet eye but an open heart, The Disaster Artist is the hilarious and inspiring story of a dream that just wouldn't die
The best American short stories, 2005 by Michael Chabon( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In "Until Gwen," Dennis Lehane offers a narrative experiment and a haunting picture of a father and son. Tom Perrotta's "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face" explores a Little League umpire's attempt to cope with his biggest personal regret and the inability to make a decisive call on the field. Thomas McGuane's "Old Friends" examines the intersection of shared history and obligation, while Joyce Carol Oates meditates on the inescapable bonds of family in "Cousins." In "Stone Animals," Kelly Link takes a chilling look at a family spiraling beyond control in the surreal landscape of their new home. By turns humorous, poignant, and profound, the stories of 2005 add up to an eclectic installment of this anthology."--Jacket
Magic hours : essays on creators and creation by Tom Bissell( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the set of The Big Bang Theory to the first novel of Ernest Hemingway to the film documentaries of Werner Herzog, the author of Extra Lives explores the creative process in a series of essays
God lives in St. Petersburg and other stories by Tom Bissell( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents six fictional stories about Americans colliding with a remote and often periolous part of the world. Two journalists, stranded in wartime Afghanistan, are taken in by a warlord who becomes the arbiter of their fates. A female scientist investigating the Aral Sea disaster is drawn into a trap by a former KGB officer. On a hike through Kazakhstan, Jayne and Douglas's marriage unravels when their guide, a veteran of the Soviet-Afghanistan war, takes an unseemly interest in Jayne. The son of an American ambassador addicted to the seamy underside of a Central Asian city finally gets in over his head. A tortured missionary struggles to reconcile his sexual urges with his faith. A young man just back from a long stint in Kyrgyzstan finds his relationship with his fiancée all but destroyed
The best American mystery stories 2009( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kins
The best American travel writing 2017 by Jason Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an anthology of the best travel writing published in 2017, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites
Infinite jest : a novel by David Foster Wallace( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring one of the most endearingly screwed-up families in contemporary fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to dominate our lives, about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people, and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human--and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do."--Front flip
The disaster artist : my life inside the room, the greatest bad movie ever made by Greg Sestero( Recording )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Sestero knew immediately that they had to work together. That impulse changed both of their lives. Wiseau convinced Sestero of co-starring with him in The Room, a movie Wiseau wrote and planned to finance, produce, and direct. Sestero gives a funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make possibly the worst movie ever, which is now an international phenomenon
Wartime lives by Robert Olen Butler( Recording )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected war time short stories read aloud by an assortment of distinguished actors
The disaster artist by Zoey Deutch( Visual )

9 editions published in 2018 in 3 languages and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"En 2003, un cinéaste indépendant aux origines inconnues et à l'accent mystérieux, débarque à Hollywood et se lance dans le cinéma sans aucune expérience. Il finira par faire l'un des pires films de tous les temps , aujourd'hui devenu culte : The room." [source : jaquette]
Apostle : travels among the tombs of the twelve by Tom Bissell( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A profound and moving journey into the heart of Christianity that explores the mysterious and often paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles--a book both for those of the faith and for others who seek to understand Christianity from the outside in. Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John: Who were these men? What was their relationship to Jesus? Tom Bissell provides rich and surprising answers to these ancient, elusive questions. He examines not just who these men were (and weren't), but also how their identities have taken shape over the course of two millennia."--
Dieu vit à Saint-Pétersbourg : nouvelles by Tom Bissell( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verhalen over Amerikanen die in gevaarlijke regio's in Centraal-Azië worden geconfronteerd met de grenzen van hun eigen cultuur
Apostle by Tom Bissell( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extra lives : why video games matter by Tom Bissell( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like many otherwise functional adults, Tom Bissell is addicted to video games, spending hours a day neglecting work and social engagements in favor of Oblivion, Left 4 Dead, and Grand Theft Auto IV
Speak commentary : the big little book of fake DVD commentaries ... by Jeff Alexander( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn's commentary on "The Fellowship of the Ring," Dinesh D'Souza and Ann Coulter's commentary on "Aliens," Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson'S commentary on "Planet of the Apes," and Dick Cheney and William Bennett's detailed analysis of "Star Wars: Episode I."
Dio vive a San Pietroburgo e altri racconti by Tom Bissell( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The loneliest planet( Visual )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alex and Nica are only a few months away from their wedding, and are backpacking through Eastern Europe. Habitual and adventurous travelers, they arrive in Georgia, and hire a guide to lead them on a camping trek. Setting off into the lush wilderness, they simply allow the vast surroundings to envelop them, until a split-senond decision triggers a series of events that threatens everything the couple believes about themselves, and each other"--Container
Over there : how America sees the world : recollections and forecasts from twenty writers( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Extra lives : why video games matter
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The best American short stories, 2005God lives in St. Petersburg and other storiesThe best American mystery stories 2009Infinite jest : a novelWartime livesDieu vit à Saint-Pétersbourg : nouvellesExtra lives : why video games matterSpeak commentary : the big little book of fake DVD commentaries ...Over there : how America sees the world : recollections and forecasts from twenty writers
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