Friday, February 25, 2011

I Am Very Busy and Important

Okay, so I'm really not. I've been been writing for a while like I've been reading this blog but the truth is that I've just been busy with a new day job, just like everyone else.

That said, the work has started to pile up so I thought it might be time to compile a few nice pieces that have come out lately, thanks to Kirkus Reviews.

Kirkus is evolving into more of a hybrid print/web model with a focus on the reader, which has led to some fun assignments lately.

First, you can enjoy "The Dirty Dozen: Killer Mysteries and Thrillers for 2011." Get in early on great new books from the likes of Larry Block, Andy Diggle, Cara Black, Paul Doiron and Denise Hamilton, all of whom graciously sent along their appreciation this week. See, they're not always thinking about killing people. Just most of the time.

Next, you can enjoy the piece I should label "Jamie Fraser Fans Want to Kill Me." Actually, it's a well-meaning piece called "Reboot! Five literary franchises that deserve the Hollywood nip-tuck treatment."

Also featured on the front page today was my interview with the great Andre Dubus III, the talented author of The Garden of Last Days and The House of Sand and Fog. Andre also graciously opened up about his memoir, Townie, a remembrance of the culture of violence in small-town New England. It's a tremendous book and a great interview.

Also on the slate is my Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Gill about his history of Harlem, a groundbreaking historical survey that traces the life and times of one of America's greatest cultural epicenters.

And finally, you can call this one a warning bell. If you're an online junkie, you'll want to steer well clear of Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality by Dr. Elias Aboujaoude. Read more in this interview with Dr. Aboujaoude about how technology affects our behavior, whether we know it or not.

I think next month it's a chat with Marcia Clark, and then we get into the robots.

Yes, really.