Mark Harris

Novelist, screenwriter, memoirist, academic Mark Harris

Mark Harris was an American novelist, literary biographer, and educator.
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30 May 2007
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During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty
NPR - 11 months
Mark Harris says the military worked with Hollywood directors to create movies about the war. His book, Five Came Back, is the basis for a new Netflix docu-series. Originally broadcast March 3, 2014.
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During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty
NPR - 11 months
Mark Harris says the military worked with Hollywood directors to create movies about the war. His book, Five Came Back, is the basis for a new Netflix docu-series. Originally broadcast March 3, 2014.
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Jimmy Fallon Never Recovered From His Disastrous Trump Interview
Huffington Post - 12 months
In September, back when President Donald Trump was still just the Republican presidential nominee, Jimmy Fallon invited him to appear on “The Tonight Show” for some fun and games.  The decision to have Trump on at all proved controversial at the time, as some thought Fallon should have gone the way of Seth Meyers, who months earlier had banned Trump from his late-night show for as long as the Trump banned The Washington Post from his rallies.  But the interview itself led to another level of anger for liberals around the country. Rather than confront Trump about his decision to build a campaign on xenophobic promises, Fallon went the other way, tossing him softball questions about coins and laughing uproariously at Trump’s joke about hamburgers. He even ruffled Trump’s hair. Fallon’s interview, in many people’s eyes, was a not just embarrassing, but dangerous, normalizing the views of a seemingly unstable man who was threatening the central tenets of the country, all in e...
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Sunny Pawar At Golden Globes Made The Internet's Collective Heart Melt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There may have been many shining stars in attendance at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, but the internet thought a particularly little one sparkled brightest.  Sunny Pawar, who plays young Saroo in the film “Lion,” joined co-star Dev Patel on stage to help introduce a clip from their movie.  And, boy, did he make our collective hearts roar.  Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar introduce a clip from @LionMovie, which is nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/V17ztQmaAA — Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017 The precious 8-year-old’s delightful smile quickly drew in “aww”s from the crowd. Then, Pawar’s adorably confident introduction of the film after Patel lifted him up to the mic really left everyone in pieces.  Though the young actor was only on stage for a few short moments, that was all it took to make the entire Twitter-sphere melt. And, as you can see below, celebrities and others weren’t afraid to shout th...
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Russia Stole The Presidency. The Electoral College Can Take It Back.
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We now know that the American election was stolen by a loose affiliation of Russian infiltrators, American white supremacists, and FBI enablers -- with an assist from elected quislings like Mitch McConnell. Donald Trump, it turns out, is no more the duly elected president of the United States than I am the world's most decorated ballerina. Luckily, this can be rectified. You see, Donald Trump is by legal definition not the elected president. He is not even president-elect (a fictitious title, nowhere supported by the Constitution). He will not become president until the Electoral College votes him into office on December 19. And -- unless you sympathize with the notion of Vladimir Putin choosing the American Commander in Chief -- that must not happen. We have heard a great deal about how dissenting electors would somehow be traitorous; how they would subvert the will of the people; how they would be deeply un-American. It is time to dismiss this sophistry. First, we know ...
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Trump Jr.'s Poisoned Skittles Tweet Goes Horrifically -- And Hilariously -- Awry
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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People Are Justifiably Infuriated With How Jimmy Fallon Handled Trump
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Jimmy Fallon had Donald Trump on “The Tonight Show” Thursday night, and all some people could talk about afterward was a head rub. Toward the end of the interview, Fallon asked the Republican presidential nominee if he could mess up his famous head of hair on live TV, leading to raucous applause and the sort of bite-sized video that both the creators and consumers of internet media eat up.  Before the rub, Fallon did sneak in a few subtle quips, like asking Trump if he knew what a coin was, or suggesting that he still has time to drop out if he decides he no longer wants to become president. But by and large, Fallon’s interview was an extended on-air puff piece, filled with the same sort of polite give-and-take a late-night host reserves for an actor on an obligatory promotional tour. Throughout the interview, Fallon was predictably non-confrontational and willing to work with whatever Trump gave him. When Trump made a joke about fearing what people might do to his hamburgers ...
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6 Things You Didn't Know About The Industry Of Death
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. What isn't certain, though, is how much that death is going to cost you. The Huffington Post took a dive into the industry that provides nearly everyone's final rite of passage and came up with some interesting facts: 1. The funeral industry is a $16 billion a year industry, but is shrinking. Since death doesn't stop in a bad economy, funeral services is what they call a recession-proof industry. But funeral homes have felt a pinch in the last couple of decades. In 1997 the industry pulled in $12.6 billion (about $18.6 billion in 2015 dollars), according to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). In 2012, revenues were $16.3 billion (about $16.9 billion adjusted for inflation). The industry also lost about 20,000 jobs over that period. Business is likely to get a bit better as a huge crop of Baby Boomers advance through retirement age, but if more of them opt for cremation, which is cheaper, the industry still might n...
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What We're Reading
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and put into practice Josh Rosenau's helpful advice if there was a monster at your Thanksgiving table. We've got a nice collection of articles for you this week, from tardigrades to koalas, and from Iraq to Miami to the halls of Congress. Enjoy! The Young Iraqis Promoting Evolutionary Theory and Rational Thought to Save Iraq, Niqash, January 10, 2015 (but still timely) -- Young Iraqis are working to save their country by, among other things, translating books about evolution and other sciences into Arabic. (Thanks to Salman Hameed for the link.) The Koala in the Coal Mine, TakePart, November 30, 2015 -- Koalas are outstandingly cute, but they're also outstandingly at risk from climate change, Todd Woody explains. (What about the drop bear, though?) The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood, by David Montgomery, BioLogos, December 1, 2015 -- Mark Harris of the University of Edinburgh contributes a tho...
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5 Hot Books: John Irving's New Novel, and Letters From Actress Mary Louise Parker
Huffington Post - over 2 years
The following article first appeared in The National Book Review 1. Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker (Scribner) Parker is known as the marijuana-dealing widow and mother of two in the Showtime series Weeds, and a tragic young woman in the crowd-pleasing film Fried Green Tomatoes. Now the Tony- Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress has written an epistolary memoir in an original and strikingly effective form: letters to real and imaginary men in her life, from former boyfriends to the uncle of the baby she adopted. 2. Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall (Ecco) Author of best-sellers Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven's Door, Randall, a Harvard professor, is one of the world's leading experts on particle physics and cosmology. In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, she takes readers on an illuminating scientific adventure, beginning 66 million years ago, that connects dinosaurs, comets, DNA, and the future of the ...
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11 Fascinating Books to Help Us Talk About Death and Dying
Huffington Post - over 2 years
By Allison Tyler | Off the Shelf Death. It happens to everyone. Knowledge is power, so we've created a list of books to introduce you to many of the curiosities that the "D" word has to offer. Each of these books approaches the subject of our demise with respect and candor and, although death isn't a lark, there's humor to be found, too. Pick one up, take a deep breath, and prepare for a walk on what lies just on the other side.   Stiff by Mary Roach In this fascinating bestseller, Mary Roach details topics from dissection to decay, live burials to body snatching, human head transplants to medical cannibalism, all the way through to what can happen to your body after you've donated it to science. Read the review here.   Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty Why would anyone choose to become a mortician? Caitlin Doughty explains in her hands-on, candid, often-humorous romp through her employment in a crematorium. If you've wondered what happens when a body is...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Harris
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 84
    Died on May 30, 2007.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 57
    In September 1980, he joined the faculty of Arizona State, where he was a professor of English and taught in the creative writing program until his retirement in 2001.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1961
    Age 38
    In the first chapter of his 1961 classic The Rhetoric of Fiction, Wayne C. Booth quotes the "fine young novelist" Harris as saying: "You will no more expect the novelist to tell you precisely how something is said than you will expect him to stand by your chair and hold your book."
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  • 1960
    Age 37
    In 1960, while in his first college teaching position, at San Francisco State College, Harris promoted his then-most-recent book in a TV appearance as guest contestant in "You Bet Your Life", a game played on The Groucho Show.
  • 1956
    Age 33
    In September 1956, he was hired by the English department of San Francisco State College, where he taught until 1967.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 25
    In February 1948, Harris abandoned journalism to enroll in the University of Denver, from which he received a Master's degree in English in 1951 as well as obtaining a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1956, writing his doctoral dissertation on the progressive writer and intellectual Randolph Bourne.
  • 1946
    Age 23
    His first novel, Trumpet to the World, is the story of a young black soldier married to a white woman who is put on trial for striking back at a white officer, was published in 1946, and he continued to produce novels and contribute to periodicals through the years.
    After resigning in July 1946, he spent the next year and a half in a succession of short-lived journalism jobs in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Albuquerque Journal), Chicago (Negro Digest and Ebony), and New York (Park Row News Service).
    While there, he met coworker Josephine Horen, whom he would marry in March 1946.
  • 1945
    Age 22
    In July 1945 he was hired by the International News Service and moved to St. Louis.
  • 1944
    Age 21
    Harris joined The Daily Item of Port Chester, New York, as a reporter in May 1944.
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    He was honorably discharged in April 1944.
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    His growing opposition to war and his anger at the prevalence of racial discrimination in the Army led him to go AWOL from Camp Wheeler, Georgia, in February 1944.
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  • 1943
    Age 20
    He was drafted into the United States Army in January 1943.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 17
    After graduating in 1940 from Mount Vernon High School, he dropped his surname because "it was a difficult time for kids with Jewish names to get jobs."
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on November 19, 1922.
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