If it's Tuesday, this must be Paul.
BOOKS, BOOKS, & MORE BOOKS
So damn many books, so damn little time.
Here's what's on my nightstand, which is groaning under the weight.
"A Gun for Hire" -- Graham Greene
"The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps" -- edited by Otto Penzler
"What the Dead Know" -- Laura Lippman
"The Crazy School" -- Cornelia Read
"Highwire Moon" -- Susan Straight
"Tijuana Straits" -- Kem Nunn
"Magic City" -- James W. Hall
"Last Call" -- James Grippando
And those are just the novels! On the non-fiction stack are:
"The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century" -- Harold Schechter
"A Friendship: The Letters of Dan Rowan and John D. MacDonald, 1967-1974" (Suggested by astute reader and outstanding military lawyer Keith Scherer)
"Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border" -- Peter Laufer (Why are the titles of non-fiction books so long?)
Jeez, when will I have time to read Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" in the original French? And come to think of it, isn't that title just a tad redundant?
I just finished Michael Chabon's sly and witty post-modern detective novel, "The Yiddish Policeman's Union." Chabon has great fun with Chandleresque similes. The night fog over an Alaskan city is an "orange smear...the translucence of onions cooked in chicken fat."
And this: "The temperature of her voice drops so quickly that ice crystals tinkle on the line."
One more: "The need for a drink is like a missing tooth. He can't keep his mind off it, and yet there's something pleasurable in probing the gap."
What's on your nightstand? (And I don't mean Ambien or Lunesta). ******************************
SAVE A REEF, SAVE THE WORLD --Photo by Craig Quirolo/Reef Relief
Let's talk about reefs. (No, Jim Born, not reefers).
When I lived in Florida, I was an avid windsurfer and snorkeler. I grew to appreciate the beautiful and fragile coral reefs just offshore. When I was researching "The Deep Blue Alibi," I got to know the good folks at Reef Relief, a non-profit organization in Key West. They sound the alarm about our endangered reefs. For more info, and maybe even a Save the Reefs t-shirt, click the link above. They're also looking for some interns.