Shane (S.J.) Coules

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S.J. 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,” (Dublin Inquirer). His debut novel, ‘Leaving Sadie‘, which has been called “Wildly charismatic and deelply funny,” (bestselling author Niamh O’Neill) is available to buy on Amazon now. His next film project is the short film ‘Contra‘, and he’s currently working on his second novel.

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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, , Béla Tarr Noah Baumbach, Lynne Ramsey, Nicolas Winding Refn, Xavier Dolan, Alfonso Cuarón, George Lucas, 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, 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: F.A. Hayek,  Thomas Sowell, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothabard, James M. Buchanan, Robert Nozick, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, David Friedman, Morrissey, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Christopher Hitchens, Nick Land, Sam Harris, Hans Hermann Hoppe, Robert Service, Roger Scruton, Camille Paglia, Gilbert & George, Diane Arbus, Andrew Breitbart, Peter Hitchens, Niall Ferguson, William F. Buckley Jr., Elon Musk, Bret Weinstein, Nick Cave, Eric Weinstein, Mammy Coules, and many more.


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