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Tricks and Treats

by Jas Faulkner If you’re reading this not long after it was written (October 31st, 2013)  you have probably seen the many reports about an anonymous woman in North Dakota who declared that she was indeed passing out candy, but not to children she deemed “moderately obese”.  They would get letters addressed to their parents […]Read More

BeListed to DeListed

by Jas Faulkner  I have never been a fan of “best of” lists.  It’s not the subjectivity that gets me.   They always seemed so narrow.  The old sci-fi list books and the current crop of internet sites that are completely devoted to lists  seemed blinkered somehow, whether it was the inclusion or exclusion of […]Read More

What will the word “book” mean to future generations?

by Jas Faulkner It might seem like a needless bit of sophistry to contemplate the evolution of the definition of  “book.”  We all know what makes up a book, right?  Say the word, “book” and the immediate association for most is still an aggregate of leaves bearing printed information, bound together with front and back […]Read More

How Important Is Zealot?

editorial by Jas Faulkner Reza Aslan’s besting of Lauren Green last week has been the talk of the internet.  At first blush, it seemed like an instance of religion-baiting.  Ms. Green could not get past the idea that a Muslim would want to write about Christianity’s central figure.  Her affect and discourse went well beyond […]Read More

Putting Books In Hands

by Jas Faulkner I swear, there are days when writing for this site feels like I’ve been jumped in to The Fight Club. “You can write about this, but you can’t tell where…” “I would appreciate it if you didn’t reveal my sources for….” “Just don’t use my name.” Okay, maybe it’s not exactly like […]Read More

Edgar Night Memory

I’ve not attended an Mystery Writers Of American Edgar A. Poe awards dinner in over a decade. So this article will be strictly about those years when I did attend–from 1994 to 2001. As I’ve written before, the Edgars are the highest honor given to a crime fiction author, like the Oscars, but with far […]Read More

Identity Crisis

by Jas Faulkner  THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding   Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing   Memory and desire, stirring   Dull roots with spring rain.   Winter kept us warm, covering          Earth in forgetful snow, feeding   A little life with dried tubers.-T.S.Eliot (from […]Read More

The Aisle Seat Is Empty: Roger Ebert (1945 – 2013)

by Jas Faulkner He was the first critic to have his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The Chicago Sun-Times reviewer was also the first of his profession to win a Pulitzer Prize.  At a time when the word, “iconoclast” is almost tragically abused by dint of misapplication, Ebert lived a professional and […]Read More