Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spenser Rehired

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Warner Archive today released the first official DVD set of Spenser: For Hire Season 1.

I discovered the books through the TV show, but having read the books, I'm less a fan of the show. Robert Urich was too good-looking and earnest; Spenser is more beat-up and rye. Barbara Stock as Susan Silverman was beautiful, but showed little of the substance or sass Susan is supposed to have. Avery Brooks' Hawk was angrier, more vocal, and more memorable than Urich's Spenser, but Parker's Hawk would probably prefer not to talk, instead blending into the background until he had to act.

This much said (and I could say more), I'd like to think Spenser: For Hire was a necessary stepping stone to better nuanced crime shows based on books, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles, Justified, and Longmire for example.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Jon Jordan of Crimespree challenged everyone involved with the magazine:

I'm not challenging anyone in turn. The sight of me taking the challenge should be enough to compel you to do it or donate.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Just So You Know

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Semi-intentionally, this blog is a haven from the ills of the world. I'm well aware they exist, but I try to avoid piling them here, creating cynicism. Last week I had address two suicides that affected me, Jeremiah Healy's even moreso than Robin Williams'.

They have me thinking about the impressions we leave, how these may differ from how we see ourselves. At key times in my life, family and friends have been there for me, but if I didn't also maintain my own positive attitude and self-image, no amount of outside support would save me.

So allow me to restore the blog's positive vibe by reporting that my self-image is fine. I remain hopeful in the face of my own difficulties. Carry on.

At The Five-Two: "Slenderman" by Kristina England

This week, Kristina England's response to the attempt by two twelve-year-old Wisconsin girls to murder a third in the name of pleasing a fictional horror site character:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jeremiah Healy

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I saw the news on Twitter that one of my favorite authors, Jeremiah Healy, committed suicide yesterday, aged 66. Relayed from The Rap Sheet, Healy battled chronic depression, which was exacerbated by alcohol.

I've often blogged my appreciation for Healy's John Francis Cuddy P.I. series, including a 2012 overview of the series after my last correspondence with Healy upon the ebook release of some Cuddy novels.

As dramatically satisfying as Jerry's work was, he could explain the premises and core conflicts of his stories better than many writers can. This is the first I've heard of his depression. As one of countless writers Jerry helped, I mourn his loss, am grateful to have called him a friend, and will remember him at his best. Godspeed.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams

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I woke up at this odd hour, actually my usual hour, to reports of Robin Williams' apparent suicide. He battled inner demons for years and was still able to make others laugh. I'm reminded that no one can know what someone else is feeling unless he chooses to show it. And if he does, he may not get the response he needs. I'm also reminded what I've often felt is disappointment, not depression, a puddle compared to an ocean. I get up and walk on because I love people and know I am loved.