Books I've Bought This Week
I've spent many of my lunch breaks this week buying books. The need to do it was strangely compulsive. I regret nothing.
- •The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph CampbellBecause it's seminal and I've never actually read it. I've since started it. It is dense and unwelcoming.
- •The Writer's Journey - Christopher VoglerAll the meat of Hero with a Thousand Faces but accessible! I should have bought this first. It must have been assigned in grad school at some point, but somehow I ducked and rolled around it.
- •A Walk in the Woods - Bill BrysonI referenced this book in my last list. It's hilarious. It's like if Garrison Keillor were sassier and British and decided to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. What's not to like?
- •How to Write a Mystery - Larry BeinhartI really, genuinely love books on structure (see above and below purchases). Even if I don't agree with their content, I get excited considering a new way of going at story. A guy at work, Ed Brubaker, said he likes to flip through this now and then when he needs some inspiration, so I nabbed it.
- •The Untethered Soul - Michael A. SingerI'm not much of a self-help/spirituality reader, but it's on the NYTimes bestseller list, and it discusses how to "put an end to habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness" so I said fuck it. I've read the first chapter so far. I am daunted, but intrigued.
- •A History of Irish Fairies - Carolyn WhiteBecause.
- •Telling Lies for Fun & Profit - Lawrence BlockAnother Ed Brubaker fave on writing. YAY STRUCTURE!