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"A book that anyone will love... You can enjoy it even if you have no idea who the Duplass brothers are." [Janet Maslin, The New York Times ("17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer")]
Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have made their mark in the world of independent film and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take listeners on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir told in essays that share the secrets of their success, the joys and frustrations of intimate collaboration, and the lessons they've learned the hard way.
From a childhood spent wielding an oversize home video camera in the suburbs of New Orleans to their shared years at the University of Texas in early '90s Austin, and from the breakthrough short they made on a three-dollar budget to the night their feature film Baghead became the center of a Sundance bidding war, Mark and Jay tell the story of a bond that's resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. They are brutally honest about how their closeness sabotaged their youthful romantic relationships, about the jealousy each felt when the other stole the spotlight as an actor (Mark in The League, Jay in Transparent), and about the challenges they faced on the set of their HBO series Togetherness - namely, too much togetherness.
But Like Brothers is also a surprisingly practical road map to a rewarding creative partnership. Rather than split all their responsibilities 50-50, the brothers learned to capitalize on each other's strengths. They're not afraid to call each other out, because they're also not afraid to compromise. Most relationships aren't - and frankly shouldn't be - as intense as Mark and Jay's, but their brand of trust, validation, and healthy disagreement has taken them far.
Part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms, Like Brothers is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves.
"Wright. Ringling. Jonas. I'm sure you could name a bunch of famous brother teams. They're all garbage compared to Mark and Jay. I can't wait for you to read this book." (From the foreword by Mindy Kaling)
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By AEC on 05-24-18
Love, love, love!
I love, love, loved this book! Audio version must be heard. Hearing Jay and Mark's voices, telling their story, in my humble opinion is the only way. A former (possible once again in the future through the inspiration of this book) film and television artist myself, AND also having an older brother about the same years apart (except I'm the younger sister). This book was both incredibly relatable and gouged my heart in a way for which I can not find the words. My brother passed away at 40. But the stories of the Duplass brother's childhood, felt like we had lived in a parallel universe of parallel siblinghood, at that time. The dynamics of my family were quite different, so me at 14 and my brother at 17.5, were geographically separated (ripped apart) as my parents divorced. Had things gone differently, and always in my dreams, our sibling love for each other would have been able to navigate and conquer the distance and life/family dynamics, to have turned out in a similar manner as these 2 brothers. Instead of the darkened path we both struggled up and down for the next 20 years. From a business, dreams, and parntership stand point, (once we found our paths making sense again, and our siblinghood back in balance) things were beginning to bubble. Then my brother got sick. But I have digressed. This is supposed to be a review about Like Brothers. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing and reading aloud, this book. Not only did it touch me in a way that is surely unique. It was wonderful, heart warming, and hopeful to hear 2 boys and 2 men, brothers, saying I love you to each other, nurturing each other in brotherhood, friendship, and as business partners, whilst struggling, growing, changing and ultimately attaining their dreams. I learned so much from this book. Both about the trials, tribulations, tips & tricks and thoughtful advice of being, surviving and becoming a successful artist. And about relationships. Tearful but also joyful memories of my sibling relationship and so much more that I will work to carry with me into all of my relationships. I will undoubtedly listen to this book over and over and over again. Something I mostly only do with watching movies. My deep heartfelt appreciation to you both, for giving the gift of your book.
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By James M. Patton on 08-07-18
More movies and less meetings! A good motto!!!
The Brothers Duplass do a good job of detailing their rise in Hollywood and how they made a decision to stop meeting with every studio that invited them to a meeting and instead make more movies. Their technique has paid off!! Being narrated by the brothers makes this a hilarious, enlightening, and educational book.
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By Amazon Customer on 05-20-18
An essential listen for filmmakers.
Listening to Mark and Jay talk about the creative struggle on their way to becoming an Indie Film Powerhouse is beyond inspiring. To hear who they got frustrated, procrastinated but eventually pushed through and broke into the film industry leaves the listener with an overall feeling of hope and aspiration.
Listening to them talk about their dynamic as a duo and the conflicts and misconceptions that lie within that lay the groundwork for some great advice on how to be an effective collaborator.
A must trader for filmmakers at all levels.