Reflections on the Battle of New York

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Here’s a picture of the East River that I took from the World Trade Center observation deck sometime in the late 1970s. It all looks peaceful and quiet from this height, doesn’t it, especially with a dusting of snow on the ground? Today, they’ve finally built a new tower in NYC. There’s a museum that charges ...

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The Violet Crow at Queen Anne Book Company

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Thanks to everybody who attended my reading at Queen Anne Book Company, and to Janis Segress for hosting me. It was a hot July night–and things got even hotter when Mickey Z showed up to warm up the audience. Here’s the video so you can see what you missed:

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Book of the Year

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Gratified to come in second for the CLFA’s 2015 Book of the Year competition. Here’s how CLFA describes itself on its website:  “Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance (the CLFA for short)…is the destination for lovers of fiction and freedom. Visit for the latest news of fiction for consumers ranging from religious conservatives to atheist libertarians and everyone in between – in ...

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Catch the Jew!

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Tuvia Tenenbom’s reportage on corruption and the political theater of the absurd in Israel receives Mickey Z’s first-ever Golden Banana award for this year’s Best Book. The level of anti-semitism in the world is a reliable proxy for the overall psychic health of the planet. Think 1492, 1938, and now, I believe, 2015. Catch the Jew! ...

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Burnin’ up the media

Michael S. Authors Corner

The Violet Crow received some great media attention at the end of 2015. From National Review to NPR to talk radio, here are the highlights. First, this notice in National Review Online:   Second, a chance to read two 80-second passages on NPR Author’s Corner: http://www.authorscorner.org/reading/readings-for-december-14-25-2015/   Third, while I was recording the Author’s Corner segment, I also had an interview ...

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Crazy Downtown

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Check out this rare video of a live performance by Allan Sherman. Worth watching just for the go-go dancers!

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Para-people and the Magic of Decluttering

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I waste time because I’m careless and don’t always pay attention to where I put my car keys and wallet. But a messy house is nothing compared to the lost time and mistakes caused by not keeping my mind in order. This has become a particular challenge as we had to clear out my mother’s condo ...

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My evening at Bill’s

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Gorilla gorilla. Smiles all around. Soon after returning from our east coast trip, Mickey Z asked me, “What are you going to do now that you have the monkey off your back?” I knew exactly what he meant. After decades of frustration, I now have irrevocably crossed the line into published-authorhood. For me, having the real book ...

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Bruno X Country

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Bruno X Country is South Jersey, and that’s where I’ll be on Saturday October 3. Specifically, I’ll be signing copies of The Violet Crow at the annual Collingswood Book Festival. As the map shows, all of the action in The Violet Crow takes place in the corridor that connects Philadelphia and Atlantic City, NJ. The murders ...

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