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|hntertainment Sidney Lumet, director of “The Verdict,” nursed the successful “Critical Care” into a 1997 feature film of the same name. Lawrence Bender, the producer of “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting,” has optioned “White Man’s Grave” for a film, while last year’s “Brain Storm” has been ear marked by Alan J. Pakula, the director of “All The President’s Men,” “Sophie’s Choice,” and “Presumed Innocent” Dooling is currently writing screenplays for both projects. Dooling said compressing a 400-page novel to Resident Writers A semestcrlong look at Nebraska literary culture and the people who create it. However, despite Hollywood’s draw, the multi Omaha author grabs readers 3 with danger, S wicked humor ml By Liza Holtmeier Senior staff writer tSB Richard Dooling makes John Grisham look as if he s in kinder garten. says Brent Spencer. lliiaM With his expansive knowledge of the law' and his penchant for hot topics, Dooling creates books w icked in their .^f-Jg sense of humor and thrilling in their ||I|H mtrigue. Spencer said. Spencer, the director of creative sj writing at Creighton University, has only g good things to say about Dooling. an 1 Omaha native and resident who has been 1 writing sharp, provocative books for the last 10 years. “His books are about people in dan gerous places doing dangerous things. He has a richer and nastier sense of human nature than John Grisham. “He also has this wild imagination. I wonder. ‘Where does he come up with this stuff7'“ Spencer said. A fitting question given the range of top ics in Dooling’s 1 irst four books: neurobiolo gy, witchcraft, profanity and hate crimes, to name a few. Surprisingly, Dooling gets most of his ideas from personal experience. I He based his first book, “Critical Care,’’ I on his experiences working as a respiratory \ therapist in St. Louis. : His second novel, “White Man's Grave,’’ was influenced by his travels in Africa. And his latest novel, “Brain Storm,’’ draws from his years working at the largest law firm in St. Louis. Critics and readers alike have greeted Dooling’s satirical books of intrigue with hefty praise. In 1994, Dooling was a finalist for a National Book Award, and all three of his novels have been noticed by the movie industry. “You have to find a visual image that can HftTIOHAltf KH0"" Nebraska’s new generation reasons, a leading example ____ Doo ling’s rather than geograpni* ______———— next project begins with the —— screen. After finishing a novella for Esquire, Dooling plans to write a screenplay, the specifics of which he cannot disclose. ranous writer is just as comfortable between the pages of the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times. Dooling frequently writes essays for the two papers and several magazines, expounding on topics such as hate crime legislation and the prolif eration of laws. For these articles, which Dooling generally writes in two to four hours, he relies on a biting form of satire to illustrate his points. “You get in and you get out ready fast. It’s more fun than something like a screenplay or a novel that takes a lot of planning,” Dooling said. Dooling is also the author of one nonfiction book, “Blue Streak: Swearing, Free Speech and Sexual Harassment.” The book, which prov ides satirical commentary' on political cor rectness and the role of swearing in society, takes some of its influences from Dooling s work as an employ ment-discrimination lawyer. Dooling s career as a w riter has its roots in his education at Creighton Prep High School. There, Dooling’s L atin teacher. Father Hmdelang, encouraged his stu dents to keep vocabulary notebooks. If his students saw a word they didn’t know, they were to look it up and write it in their notebook. HE “It tends to inspire a love for words, if hym you don't already have one.’’ Dooling said. ~1 Dooling soon amassed a collection of J vocabulary notebooks and continues the %] practice of writing unfamiliar words down to this day. Now, though, he keeps his records on f computer to save space. I After his graduation from St. Louis r University, Dooling siad, “I was basically trying to support myself as a writer. “That was back w'hen you could still be trained on the job.” Dooling then took two years to travel Europe and Africa. The experience provided him with a new perspective of America and its culture. “You don’t travel abroad to see foreign coun tries. You travel abroad so you see vour own coun try as a foreign country,” he explained. When Dooling came back to the states, he decided to attend law school at St. Louts University. “I really wanted to have a family. 1 said to myself, ‘At this point, how can I make a living reading and writing?’” he said. “The legal writing I did was every bit as good as the writing 1 did for my novels.” Please see DOOLING on 10 ™ _I_ ■ 4— Gallery Preview The Facts What: February gallery opening Where: Noyes Gallery, 119 S. Ninth St. When: Friday 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 14,1 to 5 p.m. Cost: No charge The Skinny: Noyes Gallery presents special Valentine’s Day art plus four new guest artists Love inspires gallery’s February exhibits I Jewelry, pottery, sculpture and graphic art make the Noyes a place for lovers. By Liza Holtmeier Senior staff writer Love is in the air. And at the Noyes Gallery, it’s also in the sculptures, the paintings, the pottery and the jewelry. In celebration of the month of love, the Noyes Gallery, 119 S. ninth St., will exhibit various Valentine’s Day-inspired art works in this month's showing. The gallery will also sponsor a special Valentine’s Day opening from 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14. “We wanted to let people combine their love with their love of the arts,” explained Lois Meysenburg, a watercolorist with Noyes. The exhibited love-filled works include stained glass hearts, heart-shaped metal boxes and pottery angels holding hearts. But not all the works are tokens to love. Noyes continues its tradition of eclectic exhibits this month by showcasing woodcuts, sculptures and pastels side by side. The gallery will also have its regular monthly opening this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. In its Focus Gallery, Noyes will exhibit the works of four guest artists, all of whom are new to the gallery. Amy Sadie will showcase pieces from her printmaking collection as well as some stained glass. Sadie agreed to exhibit at the Noyes after seeing the camaraderie between the artists. “A lot of people are intimated by art gal leries, but the Noyes Gallery is very open and cheerful,” she said. The Noyes achieves this openness by allowing the artists to meet with potential buy ers during the openings, Sadie said. This gives the artists a chance to establish an important bond with those interested in their work. “Art isn’t a commodity that you buy out of necessity. You buy it out of an emotional need,” Sadie said. When an artist sells a piece, “it’s like someone adopting one of your children. It’s a much easier process if you know the personali ties of the buyers.” After Sadie agreed to exhibit, co-owner Julia Noyes asked if the new talent could rec ommend any other artists to share the display Please see NOYES on 10 Art Courtesy of Noyes Gallery ABOVE- “PLAYIN’ THE BAYOU BLUES,” a mixed-media canvas painting by Lois Meyesenberg, appears in the Noyes focus gallery for the February exhibition. Art Courtesy of Noyes G allery ABOVE LEFT-SCOTTSBLUFF NATIVE Carol Sexton offers a variety of Nebraska landscape scenes this month at the Noyes Gallery.