Wednesday, April 24

Popcorn Juries -

Since much of the American trial-watching public has been following the Jody Arias trial, the upcoming Amanda Knox interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC TV is going to seem like a pale sequel in comparison. ABC has been running teasers lately to promote their exclusive.

"Arias initially denied involvement then later blamed it on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense."

Contrasting sharply with the newly emerging twists and turns in the Arias trial, the public face of Amanda Knox is mostly the creation of a press agent and is expected to spout mostly fluffy drivel.

An Arias courtroom seat recently sold for
$200, according to the AP's Brian Skoloff.


Sunday, April 21

A Bit of a Browse -

"The mystery of just why and how Jim Thompson disappeared, and by the agency of whom, is one that persists still and probably always will." Silk Thread by Larry Wallace.

# John Le Carre's latest novel,
A Delicate Truth, is reviewed by Mark Lawson.

# A Neo-Noir offering from Akashic written with tongue in cheek by Jim Pascoe and Tom Fassbender, including illustrations by Paul Pope. It's the By the Balls Collection.

# John Leyden reports the latest
update on the LulzSec hackers.