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Jonathan Ames - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man, and I Pass Like Night; a graphic novel, The Alcoholic, and the essay collections I Love You More Than You Know, My Less Than Secret Life, and What's Not to Love? He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press. Ames performs frequently as a storyteller and has been a recurring guest on David Letterman. He has fought in two amateur boxing matches as The Herring Wonder, and he has peformed in a number of shows. Ames had the lead role in the IFC film The Girl Under the Waves, was a porn-extra in the porn film C-Men, and played himself in a pilot episode for the Showtime network. At the time, he said, It's the role I've been waiting for! He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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The Extra Man

The Extra Man

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

Meet Louis Ives: well-groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies' clothes, and he's just lost his teaching job after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague's brassiere. Meet Henry Harrison: former actor, brilliant but failed playwright, and a well-seasoned escort for New York City's women of means. What can this ageless Don Quixote of the Upper East Side have to offer a young gentleman such as Louis? What, indeed... The Extra Man is a story of friendship and frustration, of cocktails and cross-dressing, a hilarious tale for our times from America's most versatile wit.

You Were Never Really Here (Movie Tie-In)

You Were Never Really Here (Movie Tie-In)

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2018

Now a major motion picture starring Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here is a gritty, harrowing story of corruption and one man's violent quest for vengeance.Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. He has completely withdrawn from the world and earns his living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade.When he's hired to save the daughter of a corrupt New York senator held captive at a Manhattan brothel, he stumbles into a dangerous web of conspiracy, and he pays the price. As Joe's small web of associates are picked off one by one, he realizes that he has no choice but to take the fight to the men who want him dead.Brutal and redemptive in equal measure, You Were Never Really Here is a toxic shot of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons.Cover art Amazon Content Services LLC

You Were Never Really Here (Film Tie-in)

You Were Never Really Here (Film Tie-in)

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2018

A former Marine and ex-FBI agent, Joe has seen one too many crime scenes and known too much trauma, and not just in his professional life. Solitary and haunted, he prefers to be invisible. He doesn't allow himself friends or lovers and makes a living rescuing young girls from the deadly clutches of the sex trade. But when a high-ranking New York politician hires him to extricate his teenage daughter from a Manhattan brothel, Joe uncovers a web of corruption that even he may not be able to unravel. When the men on his trail take the only person left in the world who matters to him, he forsakes his pledge to do no harm. If anyone can kill his way to the truth, it's Joe...

En realidad, nunca estuviste aqui

En realidad, nunca estuviste aqui

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2017

Un heroe cuya arma favorita es un martillo... claramente tiene problemasJoe es un ex marine y ex agente del FBI, solitario y perseguido, que prefiere ser invisible. No se permite ni amigos ni amantes y se gana la vida rescatando jvenes de las garras de los tratantes de blancas. Un poltico lo contrata para que rescate a su hija de un burdel de Manhattan, y entonces Joe descubre una intrincada red de corrupcin que llega a lo ms alto. Cuando los hombres que lo persiguen acaban con la nica persona que le importa en el mundo, abjura de su voto de no hacer dao a nadie. Y si alguien puede abrirse paso hasta la verdad a fuerza de cadveres, ese es Joe. En realidad, nunca estuviste aqu es un homenaje a Raymond Chandler y a Donald Westlake y su serie sobre Parker. En esta dura y emocionante novela, Ames desafa los lmites de la novela negra y crea un protagonista demoledor y psicolgicamente perturbado que salva a otros pero es incapaz de salvarse a s mismo. Este el libro que ha inspirado la pelcula En realidad, nunca estuviste aqu, protagonizada por Joaquin Phoenix (ganador del premio a la mejor interpretacin masculina en el Festival de Cannes 2017) y dirigida por Lynne Ramsay (ganadora del premio al mejor guion en el Festival de Cannes 2017). "e;Como a la mayora, a m me gusta Ames largo, pero es increble lo que es capaz de hacer con solo 18.000 palabras. Esta es una novela corta que Raymond Chandler habra estado orgulloso de haber escrito."e;Gary Shteyngart, autor de Una supertriste historia de amor verdadero"e;Esta novela de Ames es una excelente eleccin para los amantes de Michael Connelly, Lee Child o Vince Flynn, que gustan de los thrillers basados en la fuerza de sus protagonistas."e;Courtney Crowder, Chicago Tribune"e;En realidad, nunca estuviste aqu es un thriller oscuro con mucho carcter y corazn Es de lo mejor que ha escrito Ames, que crea en esta novela a un protagonista complejo y simptico y una historia rica en detalles y creble que es muy difcil olvidar."e;Liz Colville, San Francisco Chronicle

Bored to Death

Bored to Death

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2015

Jonathan Ames, creador de la serie "e;Bored to Death"e;, ofrece su mejor coleccion de textos hasta la fecha, entre ellos el relato que dio origen a la celebre serie televisiva de la HBO. Esta coleccion de articulos, ensayos y relatos es arriesgada, hilarante, literaria y, sobre todo, increiblemente original. Los seguidores de Ames disfrutarn con esta mezcla de artculos periodsticos, ensayos y relatos cortos. Hallarn en este libro pequeas biografas de Marilyn Manson y Lenny Kravitz, un relato de las aventuras de Ames disfrazado de gtico en un festival en el Medio Oeste, un relato que escribi para Esquire en una servilleta, y una tira cmica que realiz en colaboracin con el dibujante Nick Bertozzi. El estilo nico y el humor y la personalidad de Ames se perciben en todos los textos, especialmente en el relato "e;Bored to Death"e; que da titulo al libro y es una historia al estilo de Chandler sobre un escritor bloqueado que acaba envuelto en la bsqueda de una joven tras ofrecer sus servicios como detective privado en una pgina web.

El acompanante

El acompanante

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2015

La carrera como profesor de ingles de Louis Ives se ve interrumpida inesperadamente cuando lo pillan en la sala de profesores llevando un sujetador de una companera de trabajo. Escapa a Nueva York, donde acaba compartiendo piso con Henry Harrison, un caballero de mediana edad que ensena a Louis como actuar y sobrevivir en la ciudad (con metodos mas bien poco ortodoxos) y como ganar dinero acompanando mujeres mayores de alto poder adquisitivo. Louis explora su sexualidad en los bares y clubes de la ciudad mientras desarrolla una profunda, pero platonica, dependencia de Henry.

Bored to Death

Bored to Death

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: eBook Release Date: 16/02/2010

The basis for the HBO Original Series starring Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), and Ted Danson, Bored to Death is a Raymond Chandleresque tale of a struggling Brooklyn writercuriously named Jonathan Ameswho, in a moment of odd whimsy and boredom, becomes a private detective after spontaneously posting an ad on craigslist. As a rank amateur who just thinks he can help, this Ames alter ego quickly becomes embroiled in the search for a missing NYU coed. He moves from one scrape to the next, all while trying to escape a life of periodic alcoholism, dead-end relationships, writers block, and hours of Internet backgammon. Bored to Death was originally published in McSweeneys Issue 24 and is the centerpiece of Amess collection of essays and fiction, The Double Life Is Twice as Good. Bored to Death Artwork 2009 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO and related channels and service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

Open City #9 Bewitched

Open City #9 Bewitched

Author: Jonathan Ames, Geoff Dyer, Edvard Munch Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2000

The most important new literary journal to emerge since Granta, Open City has published some of the best work by major writers and artists such as Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, Jeff Koons, David Foster Wallace, Irvine Welsh, Terry Southern, Patrick McCabe, Sam Lipsyte, and David Berman. Edited by the writers Thomas Beller and Daniel Pinchbeck and originally published by the late Robert Bingham, writing from Open City has been included in many prestigious anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Known for launching the careers of today's best new writers, the editors are also committed to printing important unpublished work by writers from past eras, such as Richard Yates, Delmore Schwartz, Jim Thompson, Cyril Connolly, Edvard Munch, and Gregor von Rezzori. With its innovative and daring mix of the old and the new, Open City combines undiscovered writing by classic authors with a fascinating portrait of a literary generation in the making.Open City #12 includes After the Wall, a special section on Berlin's new generation of fiction writers; a story by Lewis Cole on the end of radicalism; and debut fiction by Sam Brumbaugh and Heather Lorimer. This issue features a previously unpublished story by Ford Maddox Ford.

The Extra Man

The Extra Man

Author: Jonathan Ames Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/1999

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