The Mysterious Case of the Monkey Selfie

When you practice copyright law by day and write novels at night, you experience odd moments of convergence, the most recent of which involves the most famous monkey selfie in copyright history. For those of you just returning to civilization after a ten-year sojourn in the wilderness, a "selfie"--as defined in the current edition of the ...

The Crime of the Century? Which One?

As a trial lawyer by day and a writer of legal thrillers and mysteries by night, I have long been fascinated with the so-called "headline trials"--both the ones that take place in real courtrooms and those that unfold in fictional ones. After all, the most famous lawyer of the 20th Century remains Perry Mason. As for ...

Hidden In Plain Sight: The Private Life in Public Art

From The Last Judgment The creator behind every work of public art--from a painting to a novel to a play to a song--is just a person, and that person has a private life separate from the work art. Nevertheless, many of those artists haven't been able to resist the temptation to stick something extremely personal into ...