steven soderbergh media diary 2014

Think you’ve got no time to read, watch, and think about stuff on a contestant basis? Steven Soderbergh is here to show you up. While doing post-production on the ten-episode first season of The Knick, and shooting and editing Magic Mike XXL, and prepping a second season of The Knick, and working as exec producer on The Girlfriend Experience TV show and Citizenfour, and probably doing quite a few other things, Soderbergh still managed to take in a steady diet of other films, TV shows and books. (He also got to see Gone Girl in March.) We know this because he posted a diary of his year in media for 2014, and you can read the full thing below.

This all comes from Soderbergh’s own site; the notation key and full list is presented in his own organizational style.

All caps, bold: MOVIE
All caps: TV SERIES
All italics: Book
Quotation marks: “Play”
Italics, Quotation marks: “Short Story”

01/01 TRUE DETECTIVE (2), MRS. FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERY
01/04 Want Not, Jonathan Miles,
01/05 “The Library”
01/11 HOUSE OF CARDS (5)
01/08 AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE POISONER’S HANDBOOK
01/12 GIRLS
01/13 THE GREAT BEAUTY
01/16 30FOR30: THE PRICE OF GOLD
01/18 HOUSE OF CARDS (5)
01/19 HOUSE OF CARDS (2), GIRLS
01/21 DAYS AND NIGHTS
01/23 HOUSE OF CARDS
01/26 Cat Sense, John Bradshaw
01/27 THE KNICK (3)
01/28 THE KNICK (3)
01/29 THE KNICK (4)
01/30 Roth Unbound, Claudia Pierpoint Roth
01/31 GIRLS
02/01 Mad as Hell, Dave Itzkoff
02/02 The Ask, Sam Lipsyte
02/04 THE MONUMENTS MEN
02/08 THE COUNSELOR
02/10 GIRLS
02/14 ICE CASTLES
02/15 NIGHT MOVES (’75)
02/17 THE AFTER, ARLINGTON ROAD
02/18 TRUE DETECTIVE (3)
02/21 BAD GRANDPA
02/22 ROBBERY (’67), THE SPLITFOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
02/26 KID AUTO RACES IN VENICETHE ROUNDERS
03/01 THE AMERICANS
03/02 My Autobiography, Charlie Chaplin, GIRLS
03/03 MADNESS IN THE WHITE CITY
03/05 SILICON VALLEY, THE AMERICANS
03/07 Broken Bells at Webster Hall
03/09 GIRLS
03/12 THE AMERICANS
03/13 TWA 800
03/14 SILICON VALLEY (2), NON-STOP
03/18 JUGGERNAUT
03/19 THE AMERICANS
03/21 DOLL & EM
03/22 TAKE AWAY ONE
03/23 GONE GIRL
03/25 “The Library”
03/26 “The Library”, THE AMERICANS, DOLL & EM
03/27 “The Library”
03/29 “The Library”, GONE GIRL
03/30  NOKAS, “The Library” (2)
03/31  AMERICAN GREED
04/01 “The Library”, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER
04/02 “The Library”, THE AMERICANS
04/03 “The Library”
04/04  HOKE
04/05 “The Library” (2), KLUTE
04/06 “The Library” (2), VEEP, DOLL & EM (2)
04/08 “The Library”, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, DOLL & EM
04/10 THE AMERICANS, DOLL & EM
04/13 MAD MEN
04/14 VEEP
04/15 Opening night of “The Library”
04/16 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, THE AMERICANS, MY MAN GODFREY
04/18 IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
04/19 PROXY
04/20 UNDER THE SKIN, MAD MEN, VEEP
04/22 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER
04/23 Free for All, Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp, THE AMERICANS, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
04/25 DIE HARD WITH VENGEANCE
04/27 VEEP, MAD MEN
04/28 Tenth of December, George Saunders
04/28 ROBBER, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER
04/29 HIGH RISK
05/01 RUNAWAY JURY
05/02 PIONER
05/03 THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY (’42), BROOKLYN BOMBSHELLS VS. MANHATTAN MAYHEM
05/04 WALK OF SHAME, MAD MEN, VEEP
05/05 LOUIE (2)
05/07 Five Came Back, Mark Harris, MR. KNEFF
05/10 SILICON VALLEY (3), INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE AMERICANS
05/11 MAD MEN, VEEP
05/12 LOUIE (2), FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
05/14 THE AMERICANS
05/15 KEY & PEELE (3)
05/16 THE DAY OF THE JACKAL
05/18 A Spy Among FriendsBen Macintyre
05/20 VEEP, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, MAD MEN
05/21 SORCERER, THE AMERICANS, LOUIE (2)
05/23 THE THICK OF IT (5)
05/24 THE THICK OF IT (7)
05/25 Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, THE THICK OF IT (2), MAD MEN, CATCH-22
05/26 POINT BLANK, THE THICK OF IT (4), LOUIE (2)
05/31 IN THE LOOP
06/01 No Place To Hide, Glenn Greenwald, W1A (4), THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
06/02 VEEP, THE THICK OF IT, ARVINGERNE
06/03 To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris, THE THICK OF IT, LOUIE, THE SLAP
06/04 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, THE SLAP (3)
06/05 THE SLAP (2), STATE AND MAINSE7EN
06/06 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (2)
06/07 The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, THE SLAP (2)
06/08 VEEP (2)
06/09 LOUIE (3)
06/14 Summer House with Swimming Pool, Herman Koch, TO CATCH A THIEF
06/15 Killer of Demons, Christopher Yost and Scott Wegener, BLACK SUNDAYDR. STRANGELOVE: OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
06/16 LOUIE (2)
06/20 THE ARMSTRONG LIE
06/21 THE CONVERSATION
06/22 It Won’t Always Be This Great, Peter Mehlman
06/23 JAWS
06/26 ARVINGERNE (2)
06/29 My Struggle: Book One, Karl Ove Gnausgaard, THE LEFTOVERS
06/30 OLIVE KITTERIDGE (4)
07/02 My Struggle: Book Two, Karl Ove Gnausgaard, PORTLANDIA (2), THE PARALLAX VIEW
07/03 I SMILE BACKWHITEY: THE UNITED STATES VS. JAMES J. BULGER
07/04 ARVINGERNE (3)
07/05 ARVINGERNE, CODE BREAKERS, JAWS
07/06 ARVINGERNE (2)
07/07 ARVINGERNE (2)
07/11 ALIEN
07/12 My Struggle: Book Three, Karl Ove Gnausgaard, FILM SOCIALISME
07/13 KIM PHILBY: HIS MOST INTIMATE BETRAYAL (2)
07/15 COME TO PAPA (Largo)
07/16 RED OAKS
07/17 The Last Magazine, Michael Hastings
07/18 AMERICAN GRAFFITI
07/19 THE OFFENSE
07/20 THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI
07/21 ALTERED STATES
07/22 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
07/24 HIS GIRL FRIDAY
07/25 WORLD ON A WIRE
07/26 BOYHOODTHE PAPER CHASE
07/27 THE RAIN PEOPLETHE HAUNTING (’63)
07/28 PANIC ROOM
07/29 The Rule of Nobody, Philip K. Howard
07/30 APOCALYPSE NOW
07/31 RED DESERT
08/01 The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Tom Rachman
08/02 The Great Degeneration, Niall Ferguson, CUBS VS DODGERS
08/09 THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
08/10 Yours in Haste and Adoration: The Selected Letters of Terry Southern, Nile Southern and Brooke Allen (galley)
08/11 CITIZENFOUR
08/12 PATHS OF GLORY
08/14 SPARTACUS (’60), DINER
08/16 THE ARRANGEMENT, KATT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS: AFTERLIFE
08/17 I Am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes
08/18 KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPOCALYPSE
08/19 CITIZENFOUR, MYSTERY OF THE NAZCA LINES
08/21 THE GODFATHER
08/23 CRIMES OF PASSION, THE KILLING
08/24 THE GODFATHER PART II
08/25 THE PARALLAX VIEWCARNAL KNOWLEDGE
08/27 NASHVILLE
08/30 The Power of Noticing, Max. H. Bazerman
09/01 MICHAEL CLAYTON
09/06 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (B&W)
09/07 Proof: The Science of Booze, Adam Rogers, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
09/09 COME TO PAPA (Largo)
09/11 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (B&W)
09/12 BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON, DC
09/21 BOARDWALK EMPIRE
09/20 The Staying Guests, Sarah Waters
09/29 Begin principal photography on MAGIC MIKE XXL
10/02 BOARDWALK EMPIRE
10/11 BOARDWALK EMPIRE
11/05 BEWARE MR. BAKER
11/06 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, MAGIC MIKE XXL
11/07 BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2)
11/08 THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: WHEN SATAN CAME TO EDEN
11/09 The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis, GETTING ON, THE COMEBACK
11/10 AMERICAN GREED, LIFEBOAT
11/14 MAGIC MIKE XXL
11/16 GETTING ON
11/18 CASABLANCA
11/20 WHIPLASHCARNAL KNOWLEDGE
11/21 THE LAST DETAIL11/22 THE GRADUATE
11/23 THE COMEBACK, GETTING ON
11/24 COHERENCE
11/25 HONEYMOON, HITLER’S RICHES
11/26 1864, VICIOUS (2), AMERICAN GREED, TRANSPARENT (3)
11/27 TRANSPARENT (6)
11/28  THE BADADOOKSUNSET BOULEVARD
11/30  MONA LISA IS MISSING, GETTING ON
12/01  MAGIC MIKE XXL
12/03  NIGHTCRAWLER
12/04  IDA, PETER PAN LIVE!
12/06  AMERICAN SNIPER
12/07  BLACK MIRROR (2), GETTING ON
12/08  BLACK MIRROR, FURY
12/09  A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
12/10  FOXCATCHER
12/13  BLACK MIRROR (3), KEY AND PEELE
12/14  GETTING ON
12/15  MAGIC MIKE XXL
12/16  BLACK MIRROR: WHITE CHRISTMAS
12/17  UNBROKEN
12/18  INHERENT VICE
12/20  AMERICAN GREED (4)
12/23 SELMA2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
12/24  The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Piers Bizony, THE INTERVIEWTHE IPCRESS FILE
12/25 Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik, VICIOUS, FUNERAL IN BERLIN, UTOPIA (2)
12/26 TOP FIVETHE LAVENDER HILL MOB
12/27 A Little Lumpen Novelita, Roberto Bolano, The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami
12/28 MAGIC MIKE XXL
12/30 THE RETURN OF W. DE RIJK
12/31 The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel, GASLIGHT (’40)

VINYL

CHEMICAL CHORDS  Stereolab
THE SPECIALS LIVE  The Specials
THE SMITHS  Strangeways Here We Come (2)
TRAFFIC  John Barleycorn Must Die
THE KNACK  Soundtrack  John Barry
THE STRANGLERS  Aural Sculpture
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE  Like Clockwork…
S/T  St. Vincent
KIND OF BLUE  Miles Davis
THE BEST OF AL GREEN  Al Green
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS  Vince Guaraldi Trio
A CHRISTMAS ALBUM  Various
A CHRISTMAS OF MIRACLES  Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

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