Lesen Sie Deutsch?

Haben Sie Deutsch lesen? If Google Translator is to be trusted (and, like a broken clock, it’s right at least twice a day) I’ve just asked you if you read German. If so, I’ve got an announcement to make, and a favor to ask. It’s bothered me for...

Dept. of Last Chances…

Back in the day, there was an advertisement that appeared in no end of magazines, sometimes as a classified, sometimes as a small-space ad. It read like this: LAST CHANCE TO SEND YOUR DOLLAR TO PO BOX 314, EAST JESUS, KANSAS. That’s the extent of it. No Zip...

Stop me before I write more!

Back in October, on the train heading home to New York from Raleigh Bouchercon, I got an idea for a short story. Now it had probably been percolating for a long time, because I can trace its origins to a personal experience I’d heard a man recount perhaps...

Staying up late with Evan Tanner

The other day, my Talkwalker alert let me know that the third Evan Tanner novel, Tanner’s Twelve Swingers, had been reviewed online. Now it’s true that the book, like its seven companions, is very much in print, and has been on offer from one publisher or...

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

You don’t have to believe in coincidence to be struck by the way things tend to coincide. I’ve been busy these days, working on an expanded and updated edition of Writing the Novel from Plot to Print. The book’s been a leader in its field since 1978,...

TOFR #1: Along Came the IRT

  The other day I was reviewing subway routes with my granddaughter Marisa, and noticed that, when I spoke of the IRT, she had no idea what I was talking about. New York’s remarkable urban transit system began as three private companies, which is why it’s...