A Fascination With The The Doors Jul03

A Fascination With The The Doors

A Fascination With The The Doors Jon Jordan Jim Morrison died on this day in 1971, 44 years ago. People are still obsessed with him I’m a fan of the music of the doors, I think some of the things they did were beyond innovative and are still influencing music. Jim Morrison’s voice was so rich and powerful, Ray Manzarek filled the background with huge sounds, Robby Krieger’s guitar work was amazing and John Densmore drums drove almost everything they played. I also love how much of their music f really bluesy. I find myself getting lost in the music to this day. I don’t worship this band, I’m just a fan of them as musicians and love to hear...

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about latest Gabriel Allon novel Jul02

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about l...

THE ENGLISH SPY, Daniel Silva‘s fifteen book in the Gabriel Allon series, landed on shelves Tuesday and the author is making the rounds at the various media outlets in support of it. Last Saturday, he appeared on Public Radio’s Weekend Edition to talk about his famous creation. Among other things, Silva talked about the difference between opinions presented in the novels and his own. He also talked about the pressures that a successful series can put on the author and that those pressures have kept him from stepping away from Gabriel and writing something...

An Interview with Brad Meltzer

The President’s Shadow powerfully delves into the treatment of those enlisted in the military, the relationship between a father and child, and how ordinary people can make a difference. This complex novel explores the power of government and the military over an individual’s life, the intrigue of having a supposed history nerd, Beecher, able to save the Presidency, and the emotional pull of family relationships. Elise Cooper: You have a dedication quote, “Today I know: I’ll never get over losing my parents. And I don’t want to. They deserve to be remembered. These books-and the characters within-taught me that.” Please explain. Brad...

MY TOP FIVE MUSICAL INFLUENCES by Karin Salvalaggi...

MY TOP FIVE MUSICAL INFLUENCES – Karin Salvalaggio   My childhood years can be mapped out in a series of top 40 hits that played on the radio so often you’d memorize every word without realizing it. Decades later I still get chills when I hear a song with a haunting narrative. My favorite ones have endings that are never completely resolved. In no particular order these are five of the musicians and songs that have influenced my writing.   “Nebraska” by Bruce Springsteen I saw her standin’ on her front lawn just twirlin’ her baton/Me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died. The opening lines to Bruce Springsteen’s...

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott Jul01

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott

“Why Do You Write Such Dark Stories” by Patti Abbott Whenever I spend an evening with friends familiar with my stories, this question often arises. “You seem like a happy person,” and they usually go on to say. “Was your childhood difficult?” Um, no. And I can’t really give a definitive answer to the question. Is it true even? Are my stories all dark? I paged through a list of stories I’ve published over 15 years and I find I have finished people off in many odd ways: a woman pushed off a boat into a melting ice floe in Alaska; death due to a collapsed ceiling; becoming part of a cello;...

Val McDermid talks to NPR about new book on forens...

Val McDermid has reached the top of the charts and earned numerous awards for her crime novels. But her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime, offers us a fascinating look at the reality behind one of law enforcement’s biggest tools. She recently spoke with National Public Radio’s Scott Simon about it.