2000 Years Gone

Like most people my age, I’ve consumed massive amounts of entertainment. And occasionally, I’ll digest something—usually some product outrageously hyped—that goads me to levels of outrage so deep that I feel compelled to set the world aright and explain why … Continue reading

Book Stores: Entertain the Light

“Books should, not Business, entertain the Light …” So wrote Abraham Cowley, 17th century English poet, in Extract from Poetical Blossomes: A Wish. But what happens when books are the business? It’s no secret that traditional publishing is an unprecedented upheaval, roiling … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why I Love New York

I’m heading to Thrillerfest and New York City this week, and the prospect of traveling to the Big Apple again made me think about a few of the reasons why I love it. So, from a West Coast perspective, mind you … Continue reading

Mulligan Stew, Sonnet Style

You know, I really had ambitions to write a long, thoughtful blog. When you’re a writer, you’re always writing—even when you’re not at a keyboard. The blog was starting to take shape in my head, and then … You know what … Continue reading

Top Five Writing Fears

I just turned 50. This means I’m certifiably middle-aged and that means I’m much, much more dangerous. When you get older, I find, you tell the truth, consequences be damned. You have more tolerance and less tolerance, simultaneously. You don’t … Continue reading

50 Things At 50

I’m turning 50 this week. I woke up and suddenly have been around for half a century. And that feels old. This birthday is a tough one. All birthdays are, since I lost my parents, who (as an only child … Continue reading

The Chairman of the Board

At the end of this month, I’m heading to Las Vegas. Not exactly for pleasure—to be honest, I wouldn’t travel to Sin City for fun. I prefer quieter getaways. And not for research, though Reno figures prominently in CITY OF … Continue reading

Noir Off: The Letter vs. The Unfaithful

Remember compare and contrast? It still remains one of the most useful tools in the grade school era repertoire, and has lead the world to innumerable discussions on Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Paul McCartney vs. John Lennon, and Superman vs. The … Continue reading

Top Ten Bond Songs: Gold Standards

Once in a while, I like to rank things. Ranking helps you define the subjective qualities that comprise your individual tastes, forces you to think about the subconscious criteria that inform your opinions, and as a bonus gives you something to argue about … Continue reading

5 Things I Learned in Monterey

I just came back from a trip to Monterey. Nominally vacation—but actually research—the trip was phenomenal. Monterey, made famous by Steinbeck and Stevenson and a magnate for artists and dreamers for more than a century; both rural and urban, town and … Continue reading