The year 2021 was an odd one for me as a reader. Much of the reading I did was done in the service of some article I was writing. I’ve always wanted to write a long essay in praise of twentieth-century aviation fiction – i.e., novels written by the likes of Ernest K. Gann, Robert…
In 1994, at the age of 36, I found myself unemployed and in need of money. A downturn in the real-estate market had cost me my job in the…
Legend has it that Otto Preminger was so abusive to Thomas Tryon, the star of Preminger’s film The Cardinal, that Tryon gave up acting after completing…
I have friends who are involved in all kinds of noble activities, from helping the homeless to saving the environment. Through the years they have…
I’ve spent enough time in bookstores – as both an employee and a customer – to know that, in many ways, they are small representations of the world at…
This essay was originally published in the now-defunct magazine Vocabula Review, in 2008. Ghost stories and other types of horror fiction abound in…
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…
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…
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