From the Odyssey to the Unforgiven

Critics have long debated whether the correct number is six or nine or eleven, but they do agree that all literature--no matter the genre--can be reduced to less than 12 basic story lines. Whether you label Homer's The Odyssey a quest story, a revenge tale, a picaresque adventure, or an astounding melange ...

First Review of The Dead Hand

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Writing is a lonely pursuit. You spend all those hours on your own, writing and rewriting your novel, hoping that it's working, hoping that your readers will enjoy it, worrying that maybe you're kidding yourself, that maybe you're producing the literary equivalent of the Hollywood bomb. Thus nothing makes an author ...

From Hard-Boiled Mysteries to Film Noir to the World

Earlier this month, the St Louis Jewish Film Festival asked me to introduce the screening of Fire Birds, an Israeli murder mystery set in Tel Aviv (with English subtitles). To prepare my introductory remarks, I watched the film. Somewhere toward the middle of the movie, I had my epiphany. "Thank ...

Fire Birds: An Israeli Murder Mystery Film (June 7, 2016)

Murder mystery writer introduces murder mystery film to murder mystery fans at this year's St. Louis Jewish Film Festival. The writer is me. The film is Fire Birds. And if you're a fan of the noire mystery movie--a rich tradition that dates back to such classics as The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man while ...

Dylan, Hemingway, and a Peek Behind the Curtain

"Chimes of Freedom" lyrics (via the Bob Dylan Archive)Bob Dylan made headlines this month when a group of Oklahoma institutions announced their acquisition of an extensive archive of Dylan's private work. According to the Bob Dylan Archive website at the University of Tulsa,  the trove includes 6,000 items of "never-before-seen ...