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 ...

“You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

Fiction versus reality. I have written occasionally, and contemplated more often, the profound wisdom behind the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction. The laws governing the real world are, in fundamental ways, different than the laws governing the world of fiction. Coincidence is a fact of life--right out there ...