A Literary Adventure

A good friend, Joan Kaskell, recently gave me two books published by The Library of America on the work of women crime writers of the 1940s and 1950s. I was delighted, and even more so when she invited me to a program where two mystery writers discussed the works. A...

Will & Me

Shakespeare is all around us. This year, we are reminded that he died in 1616, four-hundred years ago. Much literature has been recently published. I add the memoir of a remarkable woman who tells the little-known story of her love affair with Shakespeare.   Will...

My friend, Gil Kaplan

I just attended the touching, moving celebration of the life of Gil Kaplan, who died January 1 of this year. I worked for Gil in the late 1970s, as a writer for Institutional Investor magazine, which he had founded in 1966, when he was 26 years old. II was an instant...

Turning New York Life into Fiction

It’s always an honor to have my work included in Janet Rudolph’s Mystery Readers Journal, and I was especially pleased to see my “Turning New York Life into Fiction” in the current issue, Volume 32, Number 1, Spring 2016. The title of the issue is New York City...

New York Pandas

Representative Carolyn Maloney wants to bring a pair of pandas to New York. What a great idea! Surely everyone would be thrilled if we had pandas. (I adore them.) But while most people love the idea, not Mayor de Blasio. Ms. Maloney has told us, “the mayor doesn’t...

What I’m Reading

Janet Maslin recently reviewed in the New York Times Michael Connelly’s and John Grisham’s new novels, which came out about the same time. She points out “coincidences,” including Grisham’s creation of a character “dangerously similar to Mickey Haller.” Yes, indeed:...

What We’ve Recently Seen

We saw Sylvia, a musical, and laughed with the rest of the audience. (If you like dogs go see it!) Next, we saw two serious films. We enjoyed Bridge of Spies. Tom Hanks was his own heroic and wonderful self, as the lawyer who has to defend a Russian spy, Rudolf Abel,...