Production has now begun on This is Not a Conspiracy Theory Episode Three, but while you wait, here's my TINACT Gift Guide 2014 to tide you over for the holiday season.
If you're a serious reader and you're still dealing with paper books, my friend, it is time to make the switch. There are two gigantic reasons for doing so: search and highlights.
The benefits of search are pretty obvious. Perhaps less known is that your Kindle stores all your highlights together in a single text file. I now have a robust collection of highlights spanning several years and this material is a treasure, absolutely one of the most precious digital items I possess. The Kindle's handling of highlights could certainly be better, but it's vastly preferable to typing them up or scanning them, and it's also better than competing readers.
I haven't personally tried the Voyage yet, but it looks great and I plan to buy one. My dog ate my Kindle Paperwhite, but prior to that it was very good, although its lack of page turn buttons was a tad annoying.
The Idea of America
Gordon Wood is one of the most authoritative and accessible historians on early America. This collection includes the essay "Conspiracy and the Paranoid Style," the source for the central argument of Episodes 2 and 3 of TINACT. But, leaving conspiracies aside, if you're just interested in early American history, The Idea of America or almost anything else by Wood is a good choice.
The Clockwork Universe
Isaac Newton features prominently in Episode 3 and if you're curious about him, The Clockwork Universe is a good place to begin. It also covers the formation of the Royal Society, which began in the 1700s as a meeting of England's foremost scientists and profoundly shaped the development of the scientific method.
The Parallax View
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
A mostly forgotten classic of seventies' paranoid cinema, The Parallax View is a nightmare vision of the framing of Oswald. If you have Amazon Prime, you can stream it for free. Part of Pakula's paranoia trilogy, which also included All the President's Men and Klute.
Dark Side of the Moon
If there is a vibe I aspire to approximate in this project, this is it. Dark Side of the Moon is so popular and so beloved that it's almost embarrassing to cite it. But it's also oddly unique — there's pretty much nothing like it. Except for sections of Meddle and Wish You Were Here, most of Pink Floyd's music doesn't even sound like it. It's one of the few rock albums that is genuinely cinematic, that takes you on a journey, that creates a sense of place.
Actually, this is what I want for Chistmas.
And we now have a gorgeous limited edition screen-printed poster which you can gaze at dreamily until Episode 3 is complete. They're 24" x 36", 3 color, and printed on 100 lb. stock with archival ink. They're at the printer now and will begin shipping soon. Only 43 of these remain, so get 'em while you can. We can't guarantee Christmas delivery (especially for international orders) but at the latest you'll get it in early 2015.