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David Milch's Deadwood is one of the most acclaimed and beloved dramas in the history of American television—a tapestry of human civilization forming itself from the wilderness, and a bloody, bawdy, profane, intensely spiritual drama that birthed important acting, writing and filmmaking careers during its three seasons on HBO. Created and assembled by Seitz, a veteran film and TV critic who has been chronicling the series since its debut in 2004, The Deadwood Bible: A Lie Agreed Upon offers a richly detailed and shockingly candid chronicle of the show's origins, production, cancellation, and long-term influence, written in collaboration with Milch's cast, crew, co-producers, family, and friends.
This volume includes:
* A complete account of the life and work of David Milch, co-written by Seitz and Jeremy Fassler, drawing on over 120 original interviews, plus a trove of historical material provided by the Milch family, focusing on the development and production of Deadwood, its cancellation, its artistic influence, and its resurrection as a made-for-TV movie written as its creator was struggling with Alzheimer's disease;
* Critical essays by Seitz on all 36 episodes of Deadwood, Deadwood: The Movie, and Luck, plus analyses by critic Keith Uhlich of Milch's John from Cincinnati;
* Original line-drawings by Max Dalton, Seitz's collaborator on The Wes Anderson Collection and Mad Men Carousel, depicting key moments in Deadwood's story;
* An opening appreciation of Deadwood by critic and novelist Gretchen Felker-Martin;
* An appreciation by Fassler of the series' use of theatrical techniques;
* An analysis by RogerEbert.com critic Odie Henderson of the show's unique use of language;
* An essay by Vox TV critic Emily St. James on the series' themes of reinvention
The first and most complete appreciation of Milch's classic, The Deadwood Bible: A Lie Agreed Upon is guaranteed to please hoopleheads of every stripe.
MZS.Press is the online arts bookstore founded by author, critic, and filmmaker Matt Zoller Seitz. It offers a variety of new, used, signed, collectible, and rare books on film, television, music, photography, and the visual arts. The store was launched in 2019 under the direction of the founder's late wife, Cincinnati-based businesswoman and activist Nancy Dawson, and was originally hosted by Shopify until the platform became corrupt and started destroying independent merchants by freezing their accounts without explanation and making them jump through administrative and legal hoops before shutting them down and taking whatever was left of their money. This same fate was visited upon this store, prompting Seitz and his business partner Judith Carter to relocate here, the better to preserve a hospitable environment for the types of authors they like to champion: independent voices, often published by small presses whose extraordinary work tends to get swallowed up on giant platforms like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The store's inventory of nearly 1000 volumes is currently in the process of being reconstructed after its relocation. The titles featured here are personally selected by a group of curators and advisors, including Seitz, Carter, and an array of critics, artists, journalists, educators, publishers, and arts mavens who are known for their ability to suss out what the author's jazz musician father once called "the good sh*t."
The plot thickens, as they say. Why, by the way? Is it a soup metaphor?
Matt Zoller Seitz
Critic, Author, Filmmaker, MZS Press Creator
Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor at Large of RogerEbert.com. He is also the TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. His writing on film and television has appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, The New Republic and Sight and Sound. Seitz is the founder and original editor of the influential film blog The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the co-founder and original editor of Press Play, an IndieWire blog of film and TV criticism and video essays.
Seitz has written, narrated, edited or produced over a hundred hours’ worth of video essays about cinema history and style for The Museum of the Moving Image, Salon.com and Vulture, among other outlets. His five-part 2009 video essay Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style was spun off into the hardcover book The Wes Anderson Collection. This book and its follow-up, The Wes Anderson Collection: Grand Budapest Hotel were New York Times bestsellers.
Other Seitz books include The Sopranos Sessions, Mad Men Carousel, and the newly published by MZS Press, The Deadwood Bible: A Lie Agreed Upon. He also wrote the New York Time Best Sellers Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion, and TV (The Book). He is currently working on a science fiction puppet movie, a memoir about his two marriages, and an epic non-fiction television series covering 50 years in the life of his extended family.
His hobbies include exotic dancing, moonwalking, and affixing masking tape labels to every food item in the refrigerator, including eggs.
He has the attention span of a gnat.