Jonathan Ames

American novelist, memoirist Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is an American author who has written a number of novels and comic memoirs. He was a columnist for the New York Press for several years, and became known for self-deprecating tales of his sexual misadventures. He also has a long-time envy of boxing, appearing occasionally in the ring as "The Herring Wonder". In 2009, he created the HBO television series Bored to Death.
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8 Great NYC Literary Haunts (That Aren't the Algonquin or White Horse Tavern)
Huffington Post - about 2 years
As followers in the footsteps of New York City's long list of boozy writers, we've been resting on our Algonquin and White Horse laurels for way too long. Those two bars barely scratch the surface of their particular genre, and yet they've assumed preeminence whenever someone asks for a recommendation of a classic literary watering hole. Here are eight others you could point to instead... The Odeon In the early 1980s, this was the only place in Tribeca and the place to spot well-known artists, actors, and writers. The Odeon played no small part in making downtown Manhattan "happen," and althought the area around it has changed a lot, the restaurant itself looks just like it did 30 years ago. 145 W Broadway (Manhattan). Literary Patrons: Jay McInerney, Tom Wolfe Brooklyn Inn One of the more charming bars in all of New York City, the Brooklyn Inn has been hanging around the corner of Bergen and Hoyt for over 20 years, although it feels a lot older. Jonathan Lethem has be...
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Missouri gun murders 'rose after law repeal' (Jonathan Amos/BBC)
Memeorandum - about 4 years
Jonathan Amos / BBC: Missouri gun murders ‘rose after law repeal’  —  There are more than 300 million handguns in circulation in the US  —  Researchers claim a new study provides some of the most compelling evidence yet for tighter gun controls in the US.  —  The team followed the consequences of the State …
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Kevin Kline Talks 'Last Vegas' And The Missing Nuances Of 'Wild Wild West'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In real life, Kevin Kline's comedic timing is as impeccable as it is in the movies, including the movie in which he won an Academy Award for his comedic timing. He's an expert storyteller who knows how to hit the beats, as he did in a recent interview by recounting a story about President Obama's commenting on Kline's 1993 presidential movie "Dave" and the absurd studio notes he was privy to while filming 1999 box office disaster "Wild Wild West." In other words: Kevin Kline is a national treasure. Kline is co-starring with Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro in this weekend's new comedy offering, "Last Vegas." Kline plays Sam, a man whose marriage is in so much jeopardy that he's been given a "free pass" from his wife for his weekend in Vegas to celebrate his friend Billy's (Douglas) bachelor party. "Last Vegas" is a surprisingly sweet (and surprisingly raunchy) comedy that doesn't hit the obvious tropes that one might expect. And, to be honest, Kline's involvement ...
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15 Minutes With Marc Maron
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Fiona Apple's father is a former Broadway/Hollywood actor turned profound and prolific author. His name is Brandon Maggart, and he's a dear friend of mine. Sometimes I bring pastrami sandwiches to his Venice home, and listen as he reads excerpts from his latest literary works. Venice Beach is only a few blocks away, but we never mention it. We'd rather sit inside, eat pastrami, and discuss all things artistic. "Fiona is going to do Marc Maron's podcast," Brandon says. "Who's Marc Maron?" I ask, as Fiona's older brother Bran walks in, looking at me like I'm too dumb to live. A talented writer with a wonderfully scathing wit, Bran also functions as a combination of body guard/tour manager/guy-who-gets-things-done for Fiona Apple. Despite his brutish presence, I suspect there's a heart of gold in there somewhere, yet I always feel like there's a chance he's going to hit me. "You don't know who Marc Maron is?" Bran asks, as if he's considering kicking me in the fucking head. "How?"...
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Does the Early Bird Always Get the Worm?
Fox Business News - over 4 years
Entrepreneur takes a look at 12 successful tech executives who wake up at the crack of down to see how their early morning routine gives them a head start. And are you struggling to get results from your team? has the key to coaching underperformers. Was 'Shark Tank' a good move? The New York Times takes a look at the business deal Nuts 'N More made on the show "Shark Tank." Was there a better way for the company to raise cash? Get more from your employees: Are you struggling with underperforming staffers? has four key tips to bring sub-par employees up to snuff. When's your alarm set? takes a look at the early morning routines of 12 successful tech executives. Making fitness fun: Blood, Sweat and Cheers founder Jonathan Ages talks to YFSEntrepreneur about his plan to build a "fun fitness" movement for those seeking physical activities to do with friends.
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Magnet win fourth title, now for the Lincs League
Boston Standard - over 4 years
Boston’s Magnet Tavern football club have won the Spalding Sunday League title for the fourth season running. The Tavern were presented with the trophy at Garfits Lane, where they play their home fixtures. Jonathon Amess, representing the league, presented the cup to Magnet manager Marcus Judd, who has been involved in Sunday League football in the town for the past 31 years. Marcus said: “It was a great honour to be presented with the league winners’ cup, the players insisted I collected the trophy. “It was a bit of a sad occasion for me as that was my last game due to me stepping down from Sunday Football. The Magnet have now applied to enter a side into the play in the Lincolnshire League. Judd added: “We have had players asking to play in the Lincolnshire League for a while now, and we think the time is right for us to progress at a higher level.” Pictured are the squad following their title win.
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Cosmos may be 'inherently unstable' (Jonathan Amos/BBC)
Memeorandum - about 5 years
Jonathan Amos / BBC: Cosmos may be ‘inherently unstable’  —  Collisions at the LHC in Geneva have refined a mass for the Higgs-like particle  —  Scientists say they may be able to determine the eventual fate of the cosmos as they probe the properties of the Higgs boson.  —  A concept known as vacuum instability …
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Regina Weinreich: Writers Guild of America Remembers Nora Ephron: Words Matter
Huffington Post - about 5 years
At B. B. King's on Sunday night, at the Writers Guild of America Award ceremony, amidst a lot of foul-mouthed laughs and sober-minded speeches, writer/director Nora Ephron was remembered. As a young novelist, Meg Wolitzer attested, she received a most important recognition when Nora Ephron called to say she wanted to adapt her book, This is Your Life (1988), for film. Ephron, who died last summer of cancer, was a champion of young talent. When Lena Dunham got up to receive her prize for new series, she too spoke about Ephron seeking her out. The Girls originator and star also told a story when at 15 her mom took her to Caroline's Comedy Club to hear Lisa Lampanelli. Lampanelli, a Catholic school graduate, had just presented awards for radio news writers: who gives a fuck?, she proclaimed and then pummeled the audience with the most effusive, debasing references to various attendees' body parts, so it was not clear where Dunham's story would go. Her mom told Lampanelli, my ...
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'Guns,' by Stephen King
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
'Guns,' by Stephen King At the start of the piece, the author criticizes the predictable coverage of such tragedies in the American media: how nonstop, obsessive coverage within days peters out into "a squib behind that day's funny YouTube video." Panic 2012The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama's Final CampaignBy Michael Hastings(BuzzFeed/Blue Rider Press; $4.99)Michael Hasting's book about the final months of President Obama's second presidential campaign is part reportage and part memoir, and it's the latter elements of "Panic 2012" that stand out. Hastings, who wrote the 2010 profile of Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal for Rolling Stone, covered the election for BuzzFeed, a social news site that began publishing long-form journalism last year. Jonathan Ames, accomplished fiction writer, essayist and creator of HBO's detective series "Bored to Death," tells the story of Joe, an ex-Marine and ex-FBI agent who lives a mostly invisible life rescuing wom...
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The 'Bored To Death' Movie Is Officially Happening
Huffington Post - about 5 years
The long-rumored "Bored to Death" movie is officially in development, The Huffington Post has confirmed. The feature-length project is being produced by HBO Films, and will be written by the show's creator, Jonathan Ames, with Sarah Condon and Stephanie Davis executive producing. The series, which starred Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, ran for three seasons on HBO between 2009 and 2011, and centered around the misadventures of author-turned-private detective Jonathan (Schwartzman), and his hapless friends Ray (Galifianakis) and George (Danson). The film's logline is fairly vague, but provides an idea of what we can expect if the film goes forward: "Jonathan, Ray, and George reunite to fight crime, commit crime, lose their minds and fail at love in a Bored to Death feature-length slapstick adventure." Rumors of the movie first surfaced in June last year, before Ted Danson confirmed that a deal was about to be signed and that Ames was working o...
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Private Detective Manchester Announce DNA Testing Services in Light of BBC News Article Dated 17th December 2012 by Jonathan Amos Science Correspondent: Piltdown Man: A Hoaxer Still Pursued
Yahoo News - about 5 years
Private Detective Manchester announce DNA testing services in light of BBC News Article dated 17th December 2012 by Jonathan Amos: Piltdown man: a hoaxer still pursued(PRWEB UK) 7 January 2013 The Piltdown man scandal 100 years ago is possibly the greatest scientific fraud undertaken in the UK. Today, exactly 100 years ago to the week the fossils are the subject of another investigation to identify who was responsible. The fake fossils include an ape-like jaw fragment with molars and a canine tooth and some human-looking skull parts which have been stained to look much older than they are. ...
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Kerri Doherty: 10 Things You May Not Have Known About John Hodgman
Huffington Post - about 5 years
When John Hodgman walked onto the set of Geeking Out, I was in the middle of pumping myself up for our interview. As he stood in the doorway, unbeknownst to me, I marched back and forth across the room while punching my fists in the air and chanting "Hodge-hodge-hodge-hodge-hodge-hodgehodgehodgehodegehodge-HODGMAN!" like a 15 year-old cheerleader. Totally not an uncomfortable way to start the interview. We all know Mr. Hodgman as the PC to Justin Long's Mac, The Daily Show's Resident Expert and the mean jerk who was always trying to bring Jonathan Ames down in Bored to Death. The following are 10 new things that I learned about John Hodgman during our recent interview: 1. If he truly believes in a cause, he'll sign the petition in blood. 2. He blushes if you say, "shuttlecock." 3. Prior to shooting the episode, John Hodgman's handlers provided me with a list of his dressing room requirements, which included a bowl of Skittles with the removal of all colors t...
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This Week In Discs: Safe, The Five-Year Engagement, Piranha 3DD and More
Film School Rejects - over 5 years
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Quick A motorcycle courier finds himself targeted by police after a mysterious man forces him to deliver bombs to various addresses while an ex-girlfriend unlucky enough to have strapped an explosive helmet to her head comes along for the ride. This Korean effort takes the single plot thread of Speed and combines it with a lot of goofiness. The action runs the gamut of cartoony to thrilling, but it’s never less than entertaining. There’s also a little bit of heart to add more weight to the matter, but it’s never enough to extinguish the goofy fun. I’ll be honest… this is casual entertainment and a rental at best for most folks, but those of you as partial to Korean films as I am may want to pick it up too. Also available on DVD. [Extras: Making of, trailer, featurettes] Parks & Recreation: Complete Season Four Pitch: This is literally one of NBC’s Thursda...
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Oregon stone tools enliven 'earliest Americans' debate - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
BBC News Oregon stone tools enliven 'earliest Americans' debate BBC News By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News Scientists studying how North America was first settled have found stone spearheads and darts in Oregon, US, that date back more than 13000 years. The hunting implements, which are of the "Western ... Spearheads cast light on earliest American cultureTG Daily In Ancient Ore. Dump, Clues To The First Americans?NPR Spearheads and DNA Point to a Second Founding Society in North AmericaNew York Times The Register-Guard -Los Angeles Times all 210 news articles »
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I’ve got your missing links right here (07 July 2012)
Discover Magazine - over 5 years
Higgs special, with bows on A particle not unlike the Higgs boson was discovered to rapturous applause. No really, a room full of people applauded like it was a sports game. It was brilliant. One guy said “I was overwhelmed by the data analysis” and started choking up a bit. We were two seconds away from someone chucking their panties at the boson and then fainting. Here’s a roundup of some coverage I liked: Serious stuff The Guardian’s Ian Sample predictably wrote some of the best pieces. Man knows his stuff, and writes like an angel. He is also responsible for the best Higgs explainer out there – an awesome video involving a tray, some ping pong balls and sugar. And you might also want to check out his book. (Sample’s explainer was so good that Jonathan Amos from the BBC shamelessly plagiarised it; the credit on that link was added after the fact). Actually, the Grauniad have a rather excellent all-round package about the discovery. For another exceptional Higgs explainer, tr...
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Another bite of Fiona Apple's 'Idler Wheel'
LATimes - over 5 years
Fiona Apple takes her time between albums, which explains the seven-year wait for this week’s release of “The Idler Wheel.” It’s only the fourth collection from the Venice-based singer-songwriter, whose current tour brings her to the Hollywood Palladium on July 29 and the Greek Theatre on Sept. 14. But she keeps busy during the years in between, obsessing over non-musical projects and endless self-examination, which ultimately fuels these alluring, eccentric songs. Apple, interviewed in this Sunday’s Calendar, had more to talk about than could be squeezed into a single article. Here is some of what got left out from our recent afternoon talk about the new album and where she’s been: On her reaction to completing “The Idler Wheel”:"When we finished the record, I remember telling a friend of mine, 'Oh, it's the best thing I've ever done,' being so confident, being so happy, being so excited. I feel like I can die now. I've done the record I feel like is me.” On her occasional per...
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Majorana particle glimpsed in lab - BBC News
Google News - almost 6 years
BBC News Majorana particle glimpsed in lab BBC News By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News Scientists think they may finally have seen evidence for a famously elusive quarry in particle physics. The Majorana fermion was first predicted 75 years ago - a particle that could be its own ... On the Border Between Matter and Anti-Matter: Nanoscientists Find Long-Sought ...Science Daily (press release) Physicists Discover New Type of Particle--Sort OfScience AAAS Long-sought particles possibly glimpsedScience News Ars Technica -The Epoch Times all 12 news articles »
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Watch Jonathan Ames Get Drunk on Prosecco
Forward - about 6 years
One of the recurring motifs in <a class="fplink fp-151446" href="/Jonathan+Ames+1">Jonathan Ames</a>’s writing is his journeys on and off the wagon. Well, right now it looks like he’s definitely off. Appearing at the Writers Guild Awards on February 18, Ames delivered a coherent but rambling Prosecco-fueled speech. “If you put Prosecco in front of certain people it’s like cocaine,” he declared, “because it’s more fun than Champagne, because it’s prosecco, though it’s basically the same thing.” Ames also declared himself to a “Spanish Inquisition Jew” and complimented Mandy Patinkin on his tallis. Well, who can blame him. After all, Ames’s HBO show, “Bored to Death,” did just get cancelled. Apparently his appearance as a presenter was supposed to be a consolation, though as he noted, the greater consolation would have been to receive an award. Don’t worry, Jonathan. We all want to read whatever you write next. Watch <a class="fplink fp-151446" href="/Jonathan+Ames+1">Jonathan ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Ames
  • 2009
    Age 44
    In 2009, he published a new collection of essays and fiction with Scribner, titled The Double Life Is Twice as Good.
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    In 2009, he created the HBO television series Bored to Death.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    In September 2008 Ames released The Alcoholic, his first foray into graphic novels and an excerpt was included in The Best American Comics 2010.
  • 2004
    Age 39
    In 2004, Showtime commissioned Ames to develop a pilot based on his writings, titled What's Not to Love? Ames starred as himself, but it was not developed into a series, instead airing as a one time special in the winter of 2007-2008. Ames also appears in The Great Buck Howard, directed by Sean McGinly and starring John Malkovich, which debuted at Sundance in 2008. Ames created the HBO series Bored to Death, which stars Jason Schwartzman as a struggling Brooklyn novelist named Jonathan Ames who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective. The show debuted on September 20, 2009.
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    Ames's novels include I Pass Like Night (1989), The Extra Man (1998), and 2004's Wake Up Sir!, described by The New York Times as "laugh-out-loud funny".
  • 2001
    Age 36
    He has also been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman several times and played the lead role in the 2001 IFC film The Girl Under the Waves, an on-screen experiment in improvisational acting.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    Ames became known as a raconteur in New York City following his 1999 one-man stage show, "Oedipussy," and continues to perform frequently with the New York based storytelling organization The Moth.
  • 1964
    Born on March 23, 1964.
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