Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"Love Thy Neighbor" Illegal in Miami

I'm hooked.

Can't stay off the Google Books Search Engine after reading Anon's comment on Patty's blog yesterday. That's Google's growing-like-a-tumor library of books searchable and readable on-line.

Who can resist slipping our own names (or our characters' names) into the window? It's a way of finding out, not what we've written --presumably we know that-- but what others have written about us.

Mn name popped up in a book titled, "Sex Sells! The Media's Journey from Repression to Obsession," by Rodger Streitmatter. Okay, so my name popped up in a footnote. And truth be told, it was an article I wrote as a court reporter for The Miami Herald 37 years ago that grabbed Mr. Streitmatter's attention.

"Singer Exposed Self, 2 Spectators Testify" That was the headline on a story I wrote while covering Jim Morrison's trial for "lewd and lasivicious conduct."

Lewd and Lascivious Conduct. Ooh, even the charge sounds dirty.

Here's an excerpt from the book, citing my Herald article as the source.

It was the hottest story of the year.

Every morning at breakfast, readers from across the country devoured the juicy details in the newspaper -- from the jury being selected all the way through until the judge announced sentence -- so they were fully prepared to join their co-workers in the heated debates that broke out every day at the water cooler, on coffee breaks, and during lunch.

[If you'll pardon my interruption, that sentence is too long for my tastes. And now, back to the book].

And there was plenty of juice.

First came the prosecution witnesses, including a woman who testified that the defendant [Jim Morrison] most definitely "had rolled down his tight pants to a point midway between his waist and knees" and "placed his hands on his exposed genitals" before proceeding to masturbate in front of 12,000 people.

Next came the tape recording of the infamous concert. "I want you to have some fun," the rock star told his fans. "I want you to love your neighbor until it hurts. I want love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love," ending with the final quote as sanitized for newspaper readers. "Grab you f______ friend and love him."

Goodness! Throw that man in jail.


Let's look ahead. I'm done with the fourth entry of SOLOMON vs. LORD. The new book is called TRIAL AND ERROR. The book will be out June 1. Here's a sneak peek at the cover. More details, including an excerpt, later. Or, depending on the outcome of various litigation, you can just wait a while and get the whole thing off Google for free.



  1. I choose to buy the books and support my favorite authors.

    Tom, T.O.

  2. I'll be buying it.

    Now, 27 years ago... let me see, I was...

    Nah, you don't want to know.

  3. Love the cover. And what a faboo quote from Hiaason. Congrats!

  4. AKA Hiaasen.

  5. Educate me. Why the long wait from now until June for your next book to be available?

  6. Answer to Anon re time delay in publishing. Seven months is actually a relatively short time between m/s revisions and pub date. (Speaking of fiction now; often non-fiction books are rushed out to take advantage of news angles). Many times, it's a one year delay from manuscript to publication date. This allows the publisher to get out Advance Reading Copies for the bookstores and reviewers, promote the book, etc. There's also the question of finding the right slot on the publisher's list, so as not to compete with similar books, etc. My memory is fuzzy on this, but I think it took 20 months from acceptance to publication of my first novel, "To Speak for the Dead." Of course, that was printed on the original Gutenberg Press.

  7. It took 2.5 years from the time my first book was published until it hit bookstore shelves for many reasons, including the loss of two editors. In the publishing biz you just never know...

  8. I heard that Dante's THE DEVINE COMEDY had many many years from m/s revisions and pub date. Not withstanding the falderal of advanced copies and promotion, back then, it took alot more time for things to not only go to press, but to actually be pressed.....
    And back then there wasn't someone like Larry King,who for enough money, would say it was a MUST READ.
    However, I did read somewhere that there ultimately was a conflagrative brouhaha with Dante demanding full creative control over the play rights, so it didn't make it to the stage.