It's one of those basic things I've read about so often when it comes to editing and/or before submitting your stuff. I've lost count the numbers of sites telling you to get your family reading what you have. Get them reading your work, because you'll get some useful criticism from people who care for you, … Continue reading Why I Probably Won’t Let My Family Read My Works, Now or Ever Again…
My Copy: 9780826430021 (image from Bloomsbury publishing, though there are two different covers, it seems) I'm not sure how long ago I bought this skinny textbook, but I've thumbed through it a few times for my master's thesis. I know that's the main reason I bought it. As someone wanting to learn more about film-making, … Continue reading An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos
My Copy: 9781566195546 (image scanned by me) The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky's last work, and tells the story of four brothers (3 legitimate, 1 not) who have been raised apart most of their lives and come together back at home with their disgraceful father. At some point, the father is murdered, and one of these … Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
My Copy: 9781585441662 (image from Brazoria County Historical Museum online) I gotta admit, other than the fact that it was a museum-trip impulse buy, I'm not entirely sure why I picked this book up a few years ago, though I did thumb through it for some visuals a couple of times. Hey, I'm a history … Continue reading Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.
My Copy: 9780671027032 Of all the books I have, this is one of the handful that if someone asked to borrow it, I'd fork it over even without a guarantee of return. It's THAT necessary and THAT good a book--too good to hoard like gold, even if that's what it is to a clueless introvert like … Continue reading How to Win Friends & Influence People (special anniversary ed.), by Dale Carnegie
My Copy: 9780143119739 The Honourable Schoolboy is the sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, part of what's known as the Karla trilogy by some readers. I'm intent on finishing this trilogy, though from what I understand--per leCarre's own comments--Karla and Smiley (our hero) do make appearances in other works. That said, I'm glad that I went … Continue reading The Honourable Schoolboy, by John le Carre
My copy: 9783822870211 I admit that when I went to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for a lecture, I usually ended up with one of these Taschen art books before I left. This one and a few others, however, I believe I got when the bookstore in the mall was closing down and I … Continue reading Pop Art, by T. Osterwold
...Yes, I am THAT person...by necessity or habit, I am that person who can talk to complete strangers anywhere...