Friday, April 9

Bookish: Transient Vapors (5#) -

Clayton Moore has been through some grueling changes in the newspaper and publishing fields over the past year, so it's nice to see him back in his regular monthly Mystery Strumpet column at the new April edition of Bookslut.

# Tweaking your scary bone: Who writes the most frightening stories? Alison Flood reveals one of her guilty pleasures: the Horror Genre. And several dozen commenters share their nominations.

:: Another interesting entry there: Discovering
lost or unknown literature; written by Daniel Kalder.

# A pretty Smith College graduate gets bored
with her middle class life, so she becomes a drug
smuggler. And NPR features her prison memoirs.

# Memoirs of growing up in a
wealthy, but degenerating family:

Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden.
-- Reviewed by Rebecca Steinitz.


Wednesday, April 7

Mez: Odd Bods (5#) -

Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

Would you believe . . .
somewhere out there is a message board
where folks are still debating the case of Jack the Ripper!

With the advent of the Internet's widespread popularity, many prominent crime cases in the news attract people who follow the progress of the situation, post the latest developments and discuss what significance they may have.

But even before the Internet Era, over the years there have been some crime cases which have attracted controversy.

Back in the early 1960's, Caryl Chessman became a cause célèbre for the movement to ban capital punishment. Then, in the 1980's, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 murder of a police officer in Philadelphia, became a lightening rod kind of cultural figure.

Although the contemporary Kercher murder case may have become one of the more controversial cases, it is not unique in terms of young people within a sordid context. It was preceded by the so-called Preppie Murder Case of 1986, which was associated with a "rough sex" defense.

:: Another excerpt from Barbie Nadeau's book Angel Face has been posted at The Daily Beast which focuses on: Knox's Strange Behavior.

:: and Transcript of a Reader Chat ::

Linda Fairstein has given the book a good blurb!


Tuesday, April 6

Mez: Brain Lock Paralysis -

Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

Miss Represented has posted
another thoughtful blog entry . . .

When dissenting from the Group Brain Lock of consensus is treated as heresy or mental illness, it's time to step on the brakes and disengage.

An open society should be able to tolerate diverse beliefs.

The people who stumbled out of the jungle from the Jim Jones compound were dazed and disoriented because their entire belief system had just collapsed.

Will a similar fate befall those who have become so emotionally invested in the public relations campaign for Amanda Knox?

:: Dealing in Denial ::


A Candyman's
Ticket To Mass Murder -

In 1997 David Headley
operated a video shop in New York, but:

The name on his birth cerficate was not
David Headley; it was originally Daood Gilani.

And the name of his game was not really
videos; he was actually a heroin dealer.

The heroin apparently gave him entre to terrorist groups and the opportunity to play a deadly new game: Sleeper Agent Express.

Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein
have put together a profile on him at CNN.


Monday, April 5

Bookish: Some Lean
Toward Darkness (8#) -

Reed BI has sold its Publishers Weekly to PWxyz LLC, a new company formed by George Slowik Jr, who is a former executive publisher there and, more recently, held the position of publisher at The American Prospect. They plan to expand the publication's online footprint.

# Impatient fans of Stieg Larsson
are ordering his latest book from overseas.

# All about Noir: You can add Orange County
California to your Noir collection, if you have one.

:: Megan Abott's ode to LA as the omphalos of Noir.

:: There is Faux Noir, too.

# Mike Ripley's latest column for Shots Magazine.

# New aggregators for Media
research shared by Kevin Anderson.

# In the mood to exercise some writing muscles? There's a Spring Flash Fiction Challenge you could try. Entries must be in by May 1.


Sunday, April 4

Bookish: Bright Sparks (3#) -

song poetry, book picks & more mysteries . . .

The lyrics of popular songs when viewed as poetry may seem to represent the spirit of their time and place in our contemporary era, but they can also form a barometer of people's disaffections. John Harris writes a well-received piece about the sound of the suburbs and how it relates to literary tradition at The Guardian.

# Have you come across any books lately that spur your curiosity or interest? I used to enjoy browsing in bookstores, but when you don't have a bookstore handy, where do you find an array of books that might interest you? Maybe in this lively debate about Book Picks at Wet Asphalt.

# International Mysteries: Scheduled for tonight
is another episode of Maigret called The Open Window.

I watched last Sunday's Wallander, which was pretty good. It included: a cult, a horrific video posted on the Internet, and a gay wedding - a very current mix.

I don't think we get the 9pm broadcast,
but we do get the one at Midnight.