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I had a good laugh the other day, listening to that recording of the exhausted customer trying to cancel his Comcast account, against the relentless "Why, why whys?" of the maniacal cable company representative.
Then I broke my computer router, an accident which allowed… Read full post »
If I were Henry Kennis, the Police Chief in my Nantucket mystery novels, there are days when I would arrest everyone on the I see on the streets Not all of them are breaking the law – the drunk drivers and the speeders; but their outrages… Read full post »
In honor of Dick Cheney’s recent op-ed piece on Iraq, and because I know you’re all busy and there’s so much to read out there I’m offering a round up of four other editorial voices heard around the world in recent weeks. There’s nothing like a self-… Read full post »
Enough with the X-men movies, already! There was one trilogy, then a prequel, than a bunch of unwatchable Wolverine pictures and now they've mashed the Wolverine, the prequels and the sequels into one giant steaming savory X-men Paella for us to gorge ourselves… Read full post »
A friend of mine died last Saturday.
This won’t be an obituary; I’m not qualified to write one. I never knew his whole life story, just the part of it that touched my own. But Ken Cross had a big place in that life and his death… Read full post »
The twenty-by-fourteen storage locker holds the last of my mother’s itinerant belongings. They accompanied her from her house in Connecticut to her apartment in Los Angeles and then up to Grass Valley when she remarried in her sixties. After her husband’s death these nomad… Read full post »
The Academy Awards hit a new low last night, with Ellen Degeneres taking selfies with the stars and ordering in pizza. It was more like a slumber party, or an episode of her own daytime talk show, than the Oscars. It wasn’t… Read full post »
“Don’t Fuck This Up.”
Two weeks later, after… Read full post »
This is it! I found it! The fabled Fountain of Youth! Long sung by bards and visionaries from Herodotus to Prester John, prized by Ponce de Leon ... but never glimpsed by modern man ... Until today!
That's the good news. The bad news takes the form of two… Read full post »
So I had just finished my Big Book, the father-son family drama that started as a novella in 1976 and became a screenplay two years later. The story of Harlan and Robert Mallory went through… Read full post »
As most people know by now, J.K. Rowling recently published a mystery novel, under the pseudonym John Galbraith. Like roughly half a million other people, I bought The Cuckoo’s Calling as soon as the ruse went public. I read the first hundred pages, and that’s/… Read full post »
By a diabolical sequence of accidents and unforeseen circumstances, Mike Henderson's desperate last-minute trip from Nantucket to New York City, undertaken to save his marriage, winds up making him the one suspect in a major murder investigation with an obvious motive, great opp… Read full post »
No one goes to Heaven.
That’s the first thing you have to understand. The average Joe who sells his soul to me was never getting upstairs anyway. Okay, okay, we get some exceptions. The occasional oddball rich girl who goes into social work because she “wants t… Read full post »
We now have brand new Cumberland Farms store on the small island where I live, and I have come to the conclusion that it’s the most depressing place on earth. The original outlet on the edge of town had a bodega-like quality, an inviting shabbiness. The seedy summer… Read full post »
This is a true story, from an inside source, and a useful template for working on your own writing.
So, Henry Kissinger calls in one of his aides and asks for a status report on the Allende regime in Chile. This is sometime in 1971. The kid… Read full post »
So you might be wondering how an unknown, thirty year old high school art teacher landed a one-man show at the venerable and exclusive Barudsky Gallery on Madison Avenue, leaping effortlessly over the thousands of aspiring artists rejected there every year and alighting like a… Read full post »
Law of Plot: Let situations and characters expand to explain their behavior and the events of the story. The character needs some specialized knowledge suddenly, in Chapter 10? Now you know what he studied in grad school. And that he went to grad school in the… Read full post »
As I was working this morning I recognized a small significant fact about narrative writing in general: any description or aphorism gains tremendous value when it’s attributed rather than merely expressed by the narrator.
It’s like the matching funds in a PBS fund d… Read full post »
I was finishing my mother’s portrait when my father’s show began.
I had lost track of time. I was so close to the end, I could ‘smell the barn’ as Mom used to say. She always told me it was easy getting her horse to gallop… Read full post »
Matthew and Mary Crawley, in happier days
The season finale of Downton Abbey, which aired on PBS last night, was shown at Christmas in England and ruined the holiday for the whole country. Old fashioned letters poured in, along with angry e-mails and distraught/… Read full post »
The night before his four-decade retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, Harlan Mallory was standing on a deserted Nantucket beach, under high cold stars and a waning moon, dousing his portrait of Ruth with gasoline.
He had been working on the… Read full post »
Watching Stephanie Abrams, Mike Bettes and Jim Cantore hyping the modest snowfall they’re calling Winter Storm Nemo this morning, I had a vision of a kinder, gentler and less hysterical weather channel, that didn’t try to exaggerate every minor weather event… Read full post »
Th is is Part Four of NOWHERE MAN, my deal-with-the-Devil, time travel romantic adventure movie.
For Part Three, and farther back -- follow the link:
EXT. MOLLOY HOUSE - NIGHT
Li… Read full post »
Early in the third season of this extraordinary show – now airing on PBS – Lord Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham’s American mother-in -law arrives at the venerable estate for her grand-daughter Mary’s wedding. A small culture war erupts between the… Read full post »