DO NOT DETONATE Without Presidential Approval: A Portfolio on the Subjects of Mid-century Cinema, the Broadway Stage and the American West (Paperback)

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By Wes Anderson (Editor), Jake Perlin (Editor)
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If you haven’t seen Wes Anderson’s newest cinematic creation, Asteroid City, then this collection of essays might seem quite obscure. If you have seen the film then these essays will only seem moderately obscure. 

Do Not Detonate Without Presidential Approval is a love letter to the time period and the cinema that inspired the film Asteroid City, a love letter to the playwrights and actors and cowboys who populated the screens of American Westerns in the 60’s. Within these pages, you will find snippets of history, moody portraits of eccentric writers, and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the most iconic stories of the era. Each of the essays contained within had me bookmarking pages and highlighting movie titles to put on my watch list - reading the book is almost like taking a crash course in movie history, and the passion with which the authors describe their favorite films is infectious. 

Never heard of Wes Anderson? I recommend watching Rushmore first. 


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Inspirations for Wes Anderson's Asteroid City: a collection of new and classic writing on mid-century cinema and the American West

** Includes an exclusive interview with Wes Anderson in which the director details how the pieces collected here influenced the characters, stories, and settings in the film **

Featuring 8 newly commissioned pieces alongside more than 20 classic essays from the likes of François Truffaut and Jonas Mekas, DO NOT DETONATE explores key influences on celebrated director Wes Anderson's new film Asteroid City. Together they form a detailed, captivating portrait of the mid-century film world and the enduring myths of the American West.

A Conversation Between Wes Anderson and Jake Perlin
A Life excerpt – Elia Kazan
The Celluloid Brassière – Andy Logan
Rainy Day – Lillian Ross
The Outskirts: Other Men’s Women – Gina Telaroli
The Petrified Forest – Jorge Luis Borges
Ace in the Hole: Noir in Broad Daylight – Molly Haskell
What Makes a Sad Heart Sing: Some Came Running – Michael Koresky
One False Start, Never Wear the Same Dress Twice – Durga Chew-Bose
Maigret at the Coroner’s excerpt – Georges Simenon
Sunbelt Noir: Desert Fury – Imogen Sara Smith
The Voyage Down and Out: Inferno – Kent Jones
Bad Day Near The River’s Edge – Nicolas Saada
Watching Fail Safe at the End of the World – K. Austin Collins
Black Desert, White Desert – Serge Toubiana
Marilyn Monroe and the Loveless World – Jonas Mekas
Beyond the Stars – Jeremy Bernstein      
Coming: “Nashville” – Pauline Kael
Coming Around the Mountain: Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Matt Zoller Seitz
Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind Diary – Bob Balaban
Introduction to Small Change: A Film Novel – François Truffaut
By The Time I Get to Phoenix – Thora Siemsen
My Guy – Hilton Als
Wild to the Wild – Sam Shepard

About the Author

Wes Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His films include Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch. His latest film is Asteroid City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781805330516
ISBN-10: 1805330519
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English