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Thursday, June 23, 2005

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, Blink, 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'...

By Blogger Rob Richard, at 6:29 AM  

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.

By Blogger Tim, at 10:31 AM  

I know it's an old standby, but Godel, Escher, Bach actually changed my life and I don't even like math.

By Blogger JJ, at 1:54 PM  

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).

By Blogger Robert Nagle, at 2:50 PM  

Sorry, I meant to write: Three Minutes or Less.

By Blogger Robert Nagle, at 2:51 PM  

I'm reading your book right now and it is pretty good.

By Blogger John Donald Carlucci, at 9:13 PM  

Well, shucks, thank you!

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 11:30 PM  

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.

By Blogger Skarr, at 1:18 PM  

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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