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Archive for August, 2008

Ten Best Sports Books of the Year

Thursday, August 28th, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | 5 Comments »


A friend of mine, author Joe Layden, sent along an email last night celebrating the fact that our books were both named by Booklist as "Top 10 Sports Books." Joe's amazing book -- The Last Great Fight -- was named ...

Spider Review

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider | No Comments »


It's a quiet time of year, isn't it? That lull before the shift into Fall and the coming school season. People are on vacation or shopping for school supplies, cleaning out closets, pulling out old sweaters. Nobody seems to be ...

Song of the Week

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 Posted in Fun Clips, Music | No Comments »


A reader, now forever known as The Super Scout, forwarded this clip to me. I love it on so many levels it's ridiculous. You have to give it a minute for the full effect to register. "Probiotics changed the way ...

Raymond Chandler: An Appreciation

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Jigsaw Jones | 1 Comment »


"The people who really like my books are those who like them in spite of their being mysteries, not because of." -- Raymond Chandler I first discovered Raymond Chandler's books during the Reagan administration. I had a great English teacher at ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #10

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider, Fan Mail | No Comments »


Wow, these Wednesdays sure do creep up on a guy? Here I am, literally minding my own business, when -- DANG -- up comes another Fan Mail Wednesday banging me upside the head. Whap, whap, whap. Amazingly, fan mail-wise, I had ...

Politics

Monday, August 18th, 2008 Posted in Fun Clips | 1 Comment »


On a whim, I purchased this shirt for my wife the other day. Fed up and fired up, she's all about staying proud and saying it out loud, even if the neighbors don't agree. And to that, I add this essential ...

Poem for Craig

Friday, August 15th, 2008 Posted in Readings | No Comments »


I wrote this poem when my great pal, Craig Walker, passed away in the summer of 2007. I was on vacation in the Adirondacks when I heard, and I carried those feelings for the rest of the week. In many ...

Olympic Pixie Packs Punch

Thursday, August 14th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


If you've been watching the Olympics, you probably know Alicia Sacramone from the U.S. Gymnastic team. There's a 15-second video flying around the web these days that you've got to see. Twice. I don't know any of the backstory, though ...

Jigsaw Jones . . . the Musical?!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008 Posted in Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


One of the amazing things about sending books out into the world is that unexpected things bounce back. For example, I got a call the other day from an affable fellow named Gary Blackman. He is the co-founder and artistic ...

Kirkus Reviews Spider

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider | 1 Comment »


Here's what Kirkus Reviews had to say about Along Came Spider: Spider Stevens and Trey Cooper have lived next door to each other their entire lives and have been best friends throughout their years at Spiro Agnew Elementary School. Trey has ...