Smartasses for a good cause

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The most publicized documentaries these days seem to be as much about the filmmakers as the material they are covering. Last night I watched a press DVD of “The Yes Men Fix the World” — a movie opening in New York and Los Angeles next month — which follows two activist pranksters named Andy Bichlbaum […] [Read More]
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Patrick Swayze, R.I.P.

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The obituaries for Patrick Swayze Monday focused on the two biggest box-office hits of his career — “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” — but neither of those very solid movies have given me as much pleasure over the years as the actor’s down-and-dirty 1989 drama “Road House.” Originally sold as a straightforward action flick, the movie […] [Read More]
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A ‘Jump’ into mystery and empathy

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Tim Maleeny came up with an expert plot for his San Francisco mystery “Jump” ( Poisoned Pen Press), but it’s the warmth and humanity of his characters that made this book such a pleasure for me to read on vacation last week. Published in hardcover last year, the book was reprinted in paperback a few […] [Read More]
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Your faithful blogger recharges

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I’m taking a two-week, end-of-summer break at the beach in Delaware. Will have plenty to write about and to show you when I return on Sept. 14 Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some good, dumb, end-of-summer fun check out the 3D “Final Destination.” On a bad beach day Monday, I saw the movie and got a kick out […] [Read More]
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A perfect end-of-the-summer beach book

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  As I head off for a two-week vacation, I want to recommend a wonderful thriller I just read, Joseph Finder’s “Vanished” (St. Martin’s Press). I couldn’t save this perfect beach book for my own jaunt to Delaware because I had to read “Vanished” to prepare for an interview with the author that will run […] [Read More]
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‘A Solo Act’ becomes ‘Too Much Money’

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I didn’t have much time to write the blog posting below about Dominick Dunne yesterday — right after I put those few notes together, I had to come up with the 24-inch obit/tribute that ran in the newspaper and online this morning (see link below). “Nick” Dunne was one of my favorite interviews because he […] [Read More]
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The passing of Dominick Dunne

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David Patrick Columbia reported in his New York Social Diary blog earlier today that novelist and journalist Dominick Dunne lost his two-year battle with bladder cancer last night at his Manhattan home. The 83-year-old Hartford native spent a lot of his time in a cozy retreat near the Connecticut River in Hadlyme where I was lucky enough to interview […] [Read More]
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Murder (and nostalgia) on the North Carolina shore

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Margaret Maron has won nearly every prize given to mystery fiction for her novels about North Carolina judge Deborah Knott. Maron kicked off the series 16 years ago with “Bootlegger’s Daughter.” The new “Sand Sharks” (Grand Central Publishing) is the 15th book about this very wise and witty woman who manages to run into almost as […] [Read More]
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