Damon Linker is Concerned About the Height of Young People’s Happiness (Sigh)

Why do it do this to myself? Why do I read The Week. I know Damon Linker’s there. I already think of him as a gasbag and a twit. Nobody’s paying me to research his work. Reading him and giving him more than a passing thought must be akin to my impulse to tug at a hangnail. So,… Continue reading Damon Linker is Concerned About the Height of Young People’s Happiness (Sigh)

Falling In Love Again: Marlene Dietrich and The Blue Angel

“Then Marlene Dietrich appeared. Klara released her grip, as if daring Rolf to move. Rolf couldn’t.” –Summer of Long Knives, page 113 The Blue Angel, based on a novel whose title translates more or less as Professor Garbage, was intended as a starring vehicle for Oscar-Winner (actually the first Oscar Winner) Emil Jannings. Jannings had made… Continue reading Falling In Love Again: Marlene Dietrich and The Blue Angel

The Summer of Long Knives Playlist

I write to music. I’ve never conducted any sort of survey to see how common that is among fiction writers, but I do it. The rhythm keeps me moving when I’m looking for excuses to pack it in, and the proper playlist keeps me in the right mood. With Summer of Long Knives (of which a great… Continue reading The Summer of Long Knives Playlist