Best of the Year So Far

Best Movie Seen In Theaters: None. I hadn’t realized until just now that I haven’t been in a movie theater since I caught Skyfall with my mom and Venice last December. I know good movies have come out, and right up until the first reviews, I’d been looking forward to Man of Steel. Ah, well. Something about… Continue reading Best of the Year So Far

Influences: To Know Kommissar Rolf Wundt, Check Out Tibbs, Burakov, and Rockford

The protagonist of Summer of Long Knives doesn’t have a historical counterpart. He’s a product of imagination inspired by three different detectives from film and television. The first is Virgil Tibbs from In the Heat of the Night. Summer owes a particular debt to In the Heat of the Night because it showed me how a crime story… Continue reading Influences: To Know Kommissar Rolf Wundt, Check Out Tibbs, Burakov, and Rockford

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

–For those who have a hard time remembering whether Obama faked Bin Laden’s death, went to Mars as a teenager, or is the love child of Malcolm X, here’s this handy chart of all the current Obama conspiracy theories, Venn Diagram style. That should keep Snopes busy for a while. –Obama isn’t the only one… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

–I’m afraid none of my habits conform to those of the famous writers in this article in the Atlantic. My habits bear a closer resemblance to those of Franz Kafka, a man who, as Zadie Smith put it, wasted a lot of time. (Me too.) Begley is particularly astute on the bizarre organization of Kafka’s writing… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Re: The Year Just Past

The publication of Dismantle the Sun and the death of my father serve as the headline events for my 2012. I am pleased my Dad made it long enough to know that the book was out, but regret that he was in no condition to actually read the damned thing. So it goes. The election… Continue reading Re: The Year Just Past

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

–Take a look at Andrew O’Hehir’s article about David Chase’s new film, Not Fade Away. In the article, O’Hehir says, “As any ‘Sopranos’ buff will tell you, Chase’s episode-closing musical selections bespoke a long and obsessive relationship with pop and rock from multiple and not overly compatible eras…”, which is true. But Chase’s use of pop and… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?