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Month: March 2011

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

Nicknamed “Valle de la Luna” for the lunar landscapes formed from its colorless clay, reddish sandstone, and black volcanic ash, Parque Provincial Ischigualasto also deserves to be called “Triassic Park”…

Talking Titles

It’s either one step above or one step below judging a book by its cover, but say what you will – titles matter. They matter a whole lot in the…

Black Lens: Part XI

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time. Black Lens is his most secret project. Read on as…

The Drowned Man

In our early 20s, my wife and I didn’t have any money or real jobs. We were going to college and doing day labor in Nacogdoches. What we didn’t have…

A Series of Complaints

When John Rebus retired at the end of Exit Music, I was free to experiment.  I spent the next eighteen months or so writing my first graphic novel (Dark Entries),…

What to See along Centro Habana’s Malecón

Officially known as Avenida Antonio Maceo, and more properly the Muro de Malecón (literally “embankment,” or “seawall”), Havana’s seafront boulevard winds dramatically along the Atlantic shoreline between the Castillo de…

Science Fiction Noir

One could argue until the cows came home about the definition and origins of noir, and many have been known to do so. From the moment that German expressionist movies…

Skinny Dog Bites Dictator

The words military junta do not generally fill ama people with hope for the future. And they shouldn’t. Armies have very narrow fields of expertise.  They are constituted exclusively for…

Black Lens: Part X

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time. Black Lens is his most secret project. Read on as…

Seven Things Screenwriters Should Know About Writing Novels

After the unprecedented success of yesterday’s column, I decided I would flip it around and provide you the converse list of things screenwriters should know as they switch from Final…

Seven Things Novelists Should Know About Screenwriting

I was thinking about creating a Top Ten list of things novelists should know about screenwriting because everyone loves Top Ten lists. However, since I’m contrarian by nature, I decided…

Moon Author Reflects on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Two weeks have passed since the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Honshu, the main island of Japan. Ruthy Kanagy, author of Moon Living Abroad in Japan, shares her…

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