Island fiction

Laura Elliot (Guilty, Grand Central Publishing) has a clever piece over at CrimeReads in which she runs through the hows and wheres and whys of setting a novel on an island. From the Falklands to the Faroe Islands, from Lehane to Golding, the essay covers some ground. Read it here Advertisements

New Jay Stringer

The lovely and talented Jay Stringer has a new novel coming out, and you’re going to love it. I dug it when I read it in draft form a while back and Booklist loved it, too. Starred review and all. Well, get on with it, then.  Archaeologist-turned-relic-runner Marah Chase, who’s acquired a “reputation” in the Middle […]


Had another good chat with Jed, Holly, and Chris for the Seven Minutes With podcast. We talked about Russian Doll, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, and FKA Twigs, among others. We came in longer than usual because, there at the end of the show, Jed and I talked through the new Avengers: Endgame movie.

Michael Franks

Monkey See-Monkey Do Before this song came through the shuffle, I had as much idea that Michael Franks existed as he did that I do. The internet tells me: His songs have been recorded by Shirley Bassey, The Carpenters, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Patti LaBelle, Lyle Lovett, The Manhattan Transfer, Carmen McRaeand Ringo Starr.

Porochista Khakpour in Guernica, 2010

Ran across this lovely Porochista Khakpour story in Guernica from 2010. The story ticks off a couple literary mag boxes. 1) A man and woman are having domestic trouble, and 2) One of them teaches college classes. Of course, where it goes from there is what makes the story worth your reading. In a sense, it […]