Monthly Archives: October 2011

Noted in Newark

We All Fall Down got a nice mention in today’s Star-Ledger book column. I’m due to get some ink from other sources as well, including an interview with one of my favorite big-time bloggers. More on that as it develops.

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Lit links

Bernie “Berni” Wrightson’s portfolio of illustrations inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t have to tell you which story belongs to this illustration, do I? As an old Warren Comics fan, I’m always happy to see new work from Wrightson.

The tale of Christopher Hitchens and the eight-year-old girl from Texas. This is a real charmer. As he fights what appears to be (and I hope I’m wrong) a losing battle with cancer, Hitchens is facing the end with dignity, grace, and even that much-abused term, heroism.

A map of the creative process. So now you know what it looks like.

Ry Cooder’s tales of lost Los Angeles. Cooder, a musician’s musician, writes about post-World War II L.A., a much different time and a much different place.

Four brilliant authors and why they’re douchebags. No argument from me about examples Four and One, though there are actually much better reasons for condemning Four (though the one cited is pretty appalling), and One is such a public dick it’s almost too easy to spotlight him. But the item on Two is pretty unfair: the collected letters show him making enormous personal strides in his later years, and even he was embarrassed by his earlier self. And I wouldn’t call Three a douchebag simply because he writes about douchebags, though I’m willing to hear evidence to the contrary.

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Crime time

Sisters in Crime, a group for fans of mystery and crime fiction, will be having me in for a talk on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Jamesburg Senior Citizens Center, 139 Stevens Avenue in Jamesburg, N.J. The plan is for the group to hold a brief business session at 10:30 a.m., then wheel me out to talk about We All Fall Down and my other work. I’ll tote along some books to sell as well. As Eddard Stark would tell you, Christmas is coming.

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