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David Thom­son

Tak­ing on the Net­flix phe­nom­e­non — per­haps the big­gest dis­rup­tion to Hol­ly­wood since TV — is our lead­ing writer on the movies. “I had just writ­ten a book about an old-style movie stu­dio, in the golden

age, 1920 to 1950. So I turned to Net­flix as a ma­jor

force in a very dif­fer­ent golden age. For we need to un­der­stand how this great ‘stream’ is or­gan­ised for us.” Warner Bros: The Mak­ing of an Amer­i­can Movie Stu­dio (Yale Univer­sity Press)

is out now.

Tim Lewis

“Grow­ing up, go­ing to

the theatre felt like a pun­ish­ment,” says the

Esquire con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor. “Now, thanks to peo­ple like

Ivo van Hove, there is a gen­uine buzz around it.

Net­work, es­pe­cially if you can get one of the seats on the stage, will be one of the arts events of the year.” A fea­tures writer for The

Ob­server, Lewis’s book,

The Land of Sec­ond Chances: The Im­pos­si­ble Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team (Yel­low Jersey) is avail­able now.

Tom Hanks

The five-time Os­car­win­ning ac­tor and film-maker has turned his

multi-tal­ented hand to writ­ing fic­tion rather than film­ing it, pub­lish­ing his first book this month, a col­lec­tion of 17 short sto­ries all in­spired by his pas­sion for type­writ­ers. He very kindly lends one to us on page 172, with “A Jun­ket in the City of Light”. Un­com­mon Type: Some Sto­ries (William Heine­mann) is on sale

from 17 Oc­to­ber.

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