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DC NOIR reading Borders Reading

Grady, author David Slater, author George Pelecanos, and Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie chat after authors from the fiction anthology D.C. NOIR held a public reading in Washington, D.C.

At BORDERS, Grady reads from D.C. NOIR. Fellow anthology authors Jennifer Howard and George Pelecanos sit at the readers' table, while anthology author/HBO WIRE actor Rober Wisdom's head is seen in the front row.


WHAT'S NEW includes recommendations, observations, acknowledgements, previews and announcements of my projects. 

        As of November 14, 2009

AFTER BEING LOCKED OUT OF MY WEBSITE FOR MONTHS...TODAY I FINALLY GOT BACK IN! BETTER UPDATES COMING.

* On the bookstands now is D.C. NOIR 2 -- THE CLASSICS, edited by George Pelecanos.  My short story KISS THE SKY -- previously nominated for a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award and bought for dramatization by the FX network -- is inluded in this collection.  I'm honored and grateful to be in this book, along with Langston Hughes, Pulitizer Prize winner Edward P. Jones, Richard Wright, Ward Just, Ross Thomas, Ben Schutz, Elizabeth Hand, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Rhozier "Roach" Brown, Julian Mayfield, Julian Mazor, Larry Neal, Jean Toomer and, of course, George Pelecanos

* MAD DOGS -- my latest novel -- has been option for movie and TV development by Lucas Foster, producer of MR. AND MRS. SMITH, JUMPERS and STREET KINGS

* The English newspaper The Daily Telegraph published a list of "50 Crime Writers To Read Before You Die" and I'm proud to say that I made their list.  Charles Dickens, Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Wilkie Collins, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler are on the list, so to be mentiioned in their company is a truly humbling experience. I'm also lucky enough to count several of the authors as at least acquaintances, including the late Ed McBain, James Ellroy, Carl Hiaasen, Robert Crais, Elmore Leonard and George Pelecanos

Congratulations to all of the 50, here or gone.

* A nonfiction book "Comrade J:  The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War" by former WASHINGTON POST reporter Pete Earley reports that "THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR" -- the 1975 Robert Redford movie based on my SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR novel -- inspired the KGB to create a 2,000 man secret division to do the kind of work KGB Generals saw Condor/Redord doing in the film.  Essentially, my novel about spies who read fiction became a film that inspired the real world KGB to create a secret division of spies who read fiction.

Wow! 

What if shapes what is.  I feel like a character in a novel by Kurt Vonnegut or Phillip K. DickI'm the joker in the wilderness of mirrors.

WHAT'S GOING ON?  Things "in the real world" to pay attention to:

MOVIES TO CHECK OUT:

AN EDUCATION, THE HURT LOCKER, THE INVENTION OF LYING  

ON TV:

"THE MEDIUM."  Of course, we've got "THE SIMPSONS," still nailing it after all these years and "THE OFFICE" making us laugh between the tears.   "CALIFORNICATION" wows me -- one of the best dramas about being a writer and L.A. ever.  The way-cool and incredibly sexy "BURN NOTICE" is one of the better TV dramas about the tactics of espionage and with its high concept premise a show I've fallen in love with -- and it's not just because of the lead actress Gabrielle Anwar.  "HOUSE" and "BONES" both hold my attention, and I confess a weakness for "TWO AND A HALF MEN," "THE BIG BANG THEORY," "30 ROCK," and "THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE."  While this season of "ENTOURAGE" made me laugh (and weep), the hands-down best show on TV has been "MAD MEN"  I still get my best "TV news" from THE DAILY SHOW and THE COLBERT REPORT

BOOKS:

Anything by Maile Meloy or Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  And, check out the last couple books of poetry by the great Billy Collins.

Autumn Poems

Life                              We                                    I

is just                          have all                             often have

our schmear                the significance                 Jack Nicholson

on the bagel,                to life                                in my head.

said the Buddha.          of a raindrop                     'Funny how good

                                    hitting a pond.                   we look.

                                    The best of us

                                    don't wait for gravity.