Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Eclectic Freak Show: The Reading Edition
I gotta slow down. Books are stacked all over the joint. That 8'x8' gorgeous bookcase I built a couple of years ago- jam packed. Who knows how many reads I've gotten started. And I read them all, little by little. Some I get a little more hooked on than others, but it's all about mood. Where am I at this minute? Where am I at this second?
If your game, below is a small sampling of what I'm tearing through.
The Razor's Edge- W. Somerset Maugham. A beautiful piece of writing.
The Blue Hammer- Ross MacDonald. What can I say...I'm a MacDonald nut.
Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates. Too realistic sometimes. Look in the mirror; those people are you.
The Blackboard Jungle- Evan Hunter. You've probably seen the movie. Read the book and dig a little deeper. Warning: It's a little talky, but not bad.
The Score- Richard Stark. Parker has no regrets. A runaway train who's always, always in control.
The Frontiersmen- Allan W. Eckert. Hard men living in hard, hard world. But free.
Anatomy of a Murder- Robert Traver. Just picked this up and remember the old movie well. Here's hoping the book delves deeper into the violence and sex- that's what this boy's talkin' 'bout!
Not what you'd call your "who's who" of crime fiction, but fuck that. I like writing that provokes something in me, helps me see things in a new light. Don't be a chump. Don't tie yourself down. Read outside the box and then go write your best work ever. You only spin around this globe once.
See ya on the flip.