My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…
My Copy: 9781559363822 (image from bn.com) I've tried my hand at reading plays (other than Shakespeare's) before, and one David Mamet already (Glengarry Glen Ross). This one's pretty hyper and intense, published in 2010. Race has four people in the whole play: Jack and Henry, a white and black lawyer respectively, their go-fer and law … Continue reading Race, by David Mamet
I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?
My copy: 9780898798234 As a crime novelist-in-training (so to speak), I've had a soft spot for the Howdunit Series of books for writers. Some I picked out of a resale pile, others I bought online wherever I could, but I'm always eager to read, take notes, and pass them along to writing groups I've been … Continue reading Just the Facts, Ma’am: a writer’s guide to investigators & investigation techniques, by Greg Fallis