When I first started visiting rare book shows, back in the 1980s, I was told by many a dealer not to bother collecting the editions put out by The Franklin Library, a division of The Franklin Mint. Founded in 1964, in Wawa, Pennsylvania, The Franklin Mint produces all sorts of c…
The story of the workers-rights movement in America is, for the most part, a sad one. It has inspired a lot of downbeat – and famous – novels, such as …
This week a writer and teacher named Kate Clanchy found herself in hot water when some of the writing in her 2019 memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What T…
(This essay was written in 2018) This year marks the 35th anniversary of the publication of Famous All Over Town, one of the best coming-of-age stories…
Last month Quillette published an essay I wrote about movie novelizations and TV tie-in books. The essay’s publication coincided with the release of Qu…
I recently read Quentin Tarantino’s book Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a novelization of his 2019 film Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (the ellipses are…
(This essay was originally published on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine editor’s blog in 2019). Most popular-fiction enthusiasts would probably agree…
Back in the 1960s and 1970s a handful of male authors struck gold with relatively short, quirky first-person love stories. The most famous of these, of…
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