COOL WRITING BOOKS HIGHLY RECOMENDED.
the following 4 titles written by William Noble
STEAL THIS PLOT, a writer's guide to story structure and plagiarism.
MAKE THAT SCENE, a writer's guide to setting mood and atmosphere.
SHUT UP! HE EXPLAINED, uses and missuses of dialogue
SHOW DON'T TELL, a writer's guide.
these are medium sized 200 page volumes. get these 4 books, and over a month, read them 2 or 3 times each, it's like microwave learning, you walk away with 5 years experience. STEAL THIS PLOT is one of the most exciting, insightfull books i've found.
lately, when i have time for pleasure reading, it's been my second read of ross' book, PICTURE, and have been chipping away at RICHARD THE III.
william goldman's ADVENTURES OF THE SCREEN TRADE another good read. i saw a second william goldman book out, has anyone read it?
peter viertel's DANGEROUS FRIENDS, about hanging out with huston, hemingway, welles. has anyone read viertel's WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART?
THE HUSTONS, lawrence grobal, a great read
AND OPEN BOOK, by huston, great read, it's huston telling you what ever the hell he wants to recount.
FOCUS ON D. W. GRIFFITH, excellent. of the same series that put out FOCUS ON OW, FOCUS ON CK, both are great reads.
andrew sarris' INTERVIEWS WITH FILM DIRECTORS, excellent, it's out of print, so i pirated myself a copy.
bogdanovich's WHO THE DEVIL MADE IT? excellent, excellent read. tremendous read.
the 2 most radical mafia books i've read are MURDER MACHINE, and THE WESTIES, both are radical.
LUCKY LUCIANO'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, good read.
the jonh davis book MAFIA DYNASTY is a good overview of the mob.
GOOMBATA is good
DONNIE BRASCO is great.
BOSS OF BOSSES is good.
LITTLE MAN about meyer lansky is good.
ok, i've said enough.