I'm seriously out of reading material. I've been poring over the Hammond Historical Atlas
for fun. What non-fiction thinky books are people liking? Stuff like Collapse
, The Wisdom of Crowds
, that kind of thing. What are you guys reading?
If you haven't read 'A Short History of Progress' by Ronald Wright, it's a great read. Though the subject matter is pretty close to 'Collapse'...
Right now I've got a small stack of non-fiction that I'm working through at varying paces -- including The Theory and Practice of Hell, Crafty Screenwriting, Hitler's Thirty Days To Power, How Not To Write A Screenplay, and Driving Mr. Albert. Granted, the WWII Holocaust titles are probably not that appealing to everyone, but Driving Mr. Albert is a road trip of surreal dimensions.
I know it's an old standby, but Godel, Escher, Bach actually changed my life and I don't even like math.
I don't follow your weblog enough to know your tastes, but our writing interests are similar enough. Here's my ongoing reading list with some gems . Interestingly, I no longer recommend Robert McKee's screenplay writing book. Three I'll call your attention to: hree Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America’s Greatest Writers, by Pen Faulkner Foundation, anything by Mike Royko (he's more than a journalist) and Robert Cialdini's Influence (nonfiction, social psychology, very fun to read).
Sorry, I meant to write: Three Minutes or Less.
I'm reading your book right now and it is pretty good.
Well, shucks, thank you!
What I'm reading is my own book (novels 2 and 3 of the series I've just published). I think this is the worst part of being a writer .. having to read your own work again and again, as each time you read it, you invariably wind up changing a lot of stuff.
My current list:
Just finished How Not to Write a Screenplay.
Writing in Restaurants – David Mamet
How to Get Ideas - Jack Foster. Interesting tips on problem-solving and ideation, no matter what field you’re in.
Confederates in the Attic - Tony Horwitz. Looks at the effects of the Civil War on our culture then and now.
Zen in the Art of Writing - Ray Bradbury
General inspiration on writing.
My First Movie - Stephen Lowenstein
Great book with insights by 20 major filmmakers like Oliver Stone, Coen Brothers, etc. Get it for Kevin Smith’s story on Clerks alone.
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