Michael Connelly Novel

“I feel I’m functioning at some level as a journalist
because even though I write fiction,
I’m trying to get the world accurate.”
Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly

 

A few months ago I discovered a fantastic writer. I first heard about this writer after watching an interview he gave on Between the Lines hosted by Barry Kibrick.

The writer is Michael Connelly and he is one of the kings of crime fiction. Connelly spent 14 years as a crime reporter, before he started writing novels.

He’s written twenty-eight novels which I plan on reading every single one. I just finished reading my eighth Connelly novel and I can’t wait to pick up the next one.

It’s been a long time since I found a writer that was entertaining enough to want to read everything they’ve ever written. The last writer of this caliber was Michael Crichton

If you’re looking for a great crime novel that you just can’t put down, pick up a Michael Connelly novel.

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E. L. Doctorow

“The writer isn’t made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses.
The reason we need writers is because we
need witnesses to this terrifying century.”
E. L. Doctorow

E L Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow January 6, 1931 to July 21, 2015

A few months back I heard that E. L. Doctorow had died. I was familiar with Doctorow’s writings, but had never read his work, so I immediately bought the iBook Ragtime. I couldn’t stop reading this novel and read it in a few hours.

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow aka E. L. Doctorow was an American author, editor, and professor. He was best known for his works of historical fiction and often described as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century.

He wrote twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama. They included the award-winning novels Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. These, like many of his novels, placed fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, with known historical figures, and often used different narrative styles. His stories were recognized for their originality and versatility, and Doctorow was praised for his imagination. To learn more about Doctorow and his writings, visit his website at: E. L. Doctorow.

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J. D. Salinger

The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be
that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.”
J. D. Salinger

J D Salinger

J. D. Salinger, January 1, 1919 to January 27, 2010

In February this year I read the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger. If you follow my blog you know that when I read a book I always Google the author and learn as much as I can about them.

After reading Salinger’s famous book, I wrote my post on The Catcher in the Rye. I wrote about the similarity between Mr. Salinger and his character in the book, Holden Caulfield.

Salinger was an extremely private person and was not a fan of movies or Hollywood. In fact, during success of the novel, Salinger received (and rejected) numerous offers to adapt The Catcher in the Rye for the screen, including one personally from Samuel Goldwyn. Salinger was so adamant about this, he left specific instructions in his will. He authorized a timetable, to start between 2015 and 2020, for the release of several unpublished works including instructions for movie rights to, The Catcher in the Rye.

I wasn’t surprised at all today to read in Variety that actor Nicholas Hoult will play J.D. Salinger in the upcoming movie Rebel in the Rye. The movie explores the life and mind of the secretive author and will tell the story of the birth of The Catcher in the Rye. The story will touch on Salinger’s rebellious youth, his experiences on the bloody front lines of World War II, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of the New Yorker and his writer’s block — which led to a spiritual awakening.

I don’t know what his will stipulated but from what I’ve read about the man, it sounds to me that Salinger wouldn’t approve of this biopic movie or the fact that his name and life are being depicted in a movie. However, like I said in my original post, I sure hope they do right by him and the captivating life story of J. D. Salinger.

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Thank you Amelia

“The more one does and sees and feels,
the more one is able to do, and the
more genuine may be one’s appreciation
of fundamental things like home, and
love, and understanding companionship.”
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart – July 24, 1897 to July 2, 1937

Today would have been the 118th birthday of Amelia Earhart. She was an American aviation pioneer and author.

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  She received the U.S.Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. 

She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

One of the books she wrote was For the Fun of It, in 1932 which was a memoir of her flying experiences and an essay on women in aviation. I was lucky enough to find this book in my library. It’s interesting to read about Amelia in her own words.

Amelia helped pave the way for strong, intelligent woman wanting to pursue what they loved, no matter what anyone thought.

If I had a time machine, Amelia is someone I wish I could sit down with and interview to find out more about what she thought of the world and her experiences. In my opinion, she was way ahead of her time. My hats off to Amelia Earhart. Thank you Amelia.

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In Harmony with Animals

“I think of my life’s work as a celebration of all of nature,
an orchestra that plays not the sounds of one musician,
the music of one species, but rather
an expression of all of nature’s songs”.
Gregory Colbert

Gregory-Colbert

Elephant with woman by photographer Gregory Colbert.

The other day I read, Larger Than Life, by Jodi Picoult. It’s a wonderfully written novella about a young woman researcher studying the memory in elephants. It’s the first time reading one of her books, but the story made such an impact on me, I will surely read other books by Ms Picoult.

I’ve always been intrigued and in awe by elephants. It saddens me to hear in the news about poaching in Botswana and other African countries. The thought of elephants becoming extinct frightens me. Hopefully, with the help of numerous writers, celebrities as well as photographers raising awareness of the terrible threat to these noble prehistoric pachyderms extinction will not happen.

There is one man, a not so famous celebrity by the name of Gregory Colbert who is making a difference in saving the elephant. He is a Canadian photographer/film maker who created Ashes and Snow, an ongoing traveling exhibition of photographs and films focusing on the exquisite interaction of humans and animals. Better known as the nomadic museum, these images and films are displayed in purposely built temporary structures that travel the world.

Mr. Colbert started this exhibit in 1992 in hopes of exploring the relationship between man and animals from the inside out. Ashes and Snow has been viewed by more than ten million visitors to date, making it the most attended exhibition by any living artist in history.

He is fast become my favorite photographer. Not only for his heart warming images, but for his beliefs. He has discovered the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, and is working towards restoring the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals.

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