In God’s Country

Robert B. Parker

Often I find myself wondering about the economics of publishing. I’ve had book clubs and book retailers as clients, so I know something about the retail end of the business. What I haven’t a clue about is the author end.

How is it, for example, that a veteran journalist can pen a bestseller and suddenly find themself a millionaire, asked to Continue reading


Andre. The Giant?

The Immoralist
Andre Gidé  (trans. by Richard Howard)

A shrink, establishing his pop culture credentials, once told me about an episode of Spenser for Hire. Perhaps you remember the show. It starred Robert Urich and his 1969 Mustang, or so it seemed. Each episode had at least one segment in which Urich drove somewhere while advancing the action through an explanatory voiceover.Much the same happens in the books penned by Robert B. Parker who created the character.

There is evidently one show in which Spenser says/thinks, “Carl Jung once said if you track a Continue reading