Shane (S.J.) Coules

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Shane writes screenplays. He also writes short and long fiction. His debut feature film, ‘A Day Like Today’, has been called “powerful and poignant” and “a touching picture that presents us with an earnest updating of an oft-overlooked movie formula.” (Dublin Inquirer) His debut novel, ‘Leaving Sadie‘, will be released on February 29, 2020. His next film project is the short film ‘Contra‘.

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Fiction writers: Raymond Carver, Ivan Turgenev, Jennifer Egan, Françoise Sagan, Haruki Murakami, Christopher Isherwood, Alice Munro, Ernest Hemingway, Don DeLillo, Richard Ford, J.D. Salinger, Cormac McCarthy, John Updike, Bret Easton Ellis, Gore Vidal, Anton Chekhov, Jonathan Franzen, Vsevolod Garshin, Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Nick Hornby, Ayn Rand, and Albert Camus.

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Writers and directors: Andrew Dominik, Paul Thomas Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Lynne Ramsey, Nicolas Winding Refn, Xavier Dolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, David Mameth, David Fincher, Kevin Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Thomas Vinterberg, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Mary Harron, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Brian De Palma, The Coen Brothers, Sofia Coppola, Werner Herzog, Quentin Tarantino, Béla Tarr, Martin McDonagh, David O’Russell, Ron Howard, William Friedkin, Christopher Nolan, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Ridley Scott, Mel Gibson, Stephen Spielberg, and Lars von Trier.

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Others: Christopher Hitchens, F.A. Hayek, Thomas Sowell, Diane Arbus, Milton Friedman, Robert Service, Tish Murtha, Phillip Callow, Morrissey, David Starkey, Gilbert & George, Peter Hitchens, Niall Ferguson, William F. Buckley Jr., Elon Musk, Bret Weinstein, Sam Harris, Nick Cave, Eric Weinstein, my ma, and many, many others.


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