flashquake May We Suggest ...

Volume 7 Issue 1
Fall 2007
ISSN: 1546–3540



May We Suggest ...

David Shapiro:

Sean McKlusky:

My wife and I traveled overseas this summer and while discussing books with her British cousin received an excellent recommendation. Toast, the story of a boy's hunger, by British author Nigel Slater, is an autobiographical journey though the author's childhood expressed though a series of flash works featuring the food of his youth and the associated memories. It's honest, well written, and very bittersweet. (I bought a copy in Sheffield and it saved our marriage on the return flight home)

Didi Wood:

One of my favorite discoveries this summer is These Streets, an album by a young Scottish singer/songwriter with an Italian name and a raspy, soulful, engaging voice — Paolo Nutini.

Catchy tunes and witty lyrics make any album by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers a pleasure to listen to, and their latest, No More Beautiful World, is no exception. Put it on, kick back, and enjoy the last days of summer. And if you get a chance to see them live, don't miss it — they have energy to spare and a deep appreciation for their fans.

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Debi Orton:

Although we don't usually recommend writing books, the only book I've had time to read this summer is Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D. What I liked most about this book is that it's extremely concise and well organized. It also sparks a lot of story ideas, by teaching you to look at a story &mdash regardless of length — as a sum of its parts. I could easily see this becoming a dice game that writers could use for exercises.

If you haven't already seen them, I have some great summer movies for you to consider: