On Christmas Day my wife and I went to see the new adaptation of August Wilson’s landmark play Fences, starring and directed by Denzel Washington.
Since she’s teaching this play in Drama 101 at the University of Washington next quarter, and because I normally prefer watching indie horror flicks if I have to leave my house at all, I considered it one of her presents.
But it turned out to be a surprise present for me. Such is the power of painful subjects transformed and transcended via the power of Art.
If you’re wondering what to get that vicarious criminal in your social or familial circles for Christmas (which is in three days, by the way), look no further. You can gift-Kindle any of the books listed in this blog and not worry about whether they’ll enjoy it or not.
Trust me. I’ve read them. They will.
In the spirit of the season, here are a few more of my favorite things...
With Christmas just around the corner, here are some gift suggestions for readers of mysteries, noir and crime fiction.
I am limiting my selections to this extremely popular category because most of the authors in my social circle happen to be crime writers. And even though I am frankly weary of that genre, the fact that I keep reading and enjoying them is a testament to their tremendous talents.
Which means that if you are an avid devotee of this type of page-turner, you (or a loved one) will be more than satisfied with these suggestions…
Most writers dream up their plots while performing mundane tasks, and often the resulting stories are products of both external realities and internal fantasies.
Morphing memories of your waking life with surrealistic imagery from your dream world is the job of your imagination, a realm where the boundaries between the two worlds disappear, and you’re free to create your own world, where readers will hopefully discover a richly rewarding, perhaps relaxing, and potentially revelatory adventure…
Source material for writers varies depending on the genre, the agenda, and the individual. Recently I posted about movies for and about writers, since cinema has always had a big influence on my own work. But that’s just me.
However, I’d say most if not all fiction writers draw upon their own experiences for inspiration, along with fantasies that still have roots in their own subconscious. These sources can yield material that is universally relatable, even if each is unique to the author.
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