Evil Morons Blog

Why can’t we all just get along?
Because you don’t laugh at my jokes

mickey z 3_ forBlog_HRHere’s an idea: How about a blog that avoids the discussions everyone else is having? We’ll ignore politicians, parties, and celebrities. Sound good? Want to blog? Send me a review or anecdote—or better yet, a video of yourself telling a joke—to evilmoron1@msheldon.com. Content will be moderated for conformance to evil, moronic standards.

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


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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Reading in Seattle

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I will be reading from The Violet Crow at Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle on July 28th at 7 PM. QABC is a great independent book store on the top of Queen Anne hill. The address is 1811 Queen Anne Ave North. It should be a fun evening. I’ll be reading the most exciting and ...

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The Louse is coming

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Bruno X and Chief Buddy Black are back. This time they’re in California, special guests at a celebrity wine tasting. Six people drink from the same bottle. Two of them drop dead—the others are fine. The forensics lab finds no trace of poison. But there’s enough ill-will among the rival wine critics to gag a giraffe—or ...

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“The Ultimate Summer Mystery”

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From Susan Goldberg’s review in P.J. Media The Violet Crow Takes a Borscht Belt Twist on Film Noir for the Ultimate Summer Mystery What do Jews, Quakers and biotech have in common? Jersey, of course, the setting for Michael Sheldon’s debut novel The Violet Crow. Private Detective Bruno X, a rough around the edges Yiddish trash talker with a ...

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Remember to vote—for the Crow

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Could The Violet Crow be “the best book of 2015?” Yes, but only if you vote for it. I’m up against stiff competition. Jim Butcher is the godfather of urban fantasy. Larry Correia is the best-selling creator of the Monster Hunters Int’l franchise. Proud to be in good company, but the odds in Vegas of ...

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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

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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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