Ed Hoch and The New Black Mask
As everyone in the mystery community must know by now, Edward D. Hoch recently passed away
at the age of 77.
I didn't know Ed very well, but I recently reread some of his work as a result of my blogging about the New Black Mask
for The Rap Sheet
. Ed had stories in NBM#4
Given his record of 35 straight years of publishing a story in every issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
, it's appropriate that he tied the record for most contributions to the short-lived NBM
One of the few times I met Ed was at the Denver Bouchercon. I took the opportunity to have him sign my copy of NBM
It's an honor to be labeled a "fellow Black Mask writer" by him.
A Full Set of New Black Masks
I've been blogging about The New Black Mask
, the revival of the famous Black Mask
pulp magazine over at The Rap Sheet
I finished the final post last week. You can read about all eight issues by following these links:
The Stanford Connection
The Stanford Alumni Magazine just ran a nice piece about me and my latest novel, Runoff
. You can see it here
If you do check it out, you'll read about a number of connections between me, my writing and Stanford University, including the fact that I set a scene from Runoff
at Stanford--in the Gates Computer Science Building to be specific. I have a little fun with the description of the building when my private eye protagonist August Riordan goes to visit a Professor Ballou there:
Professor Ballou’s office was—appropriately enough—in a building named after Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The outside of the building was a nice blend of modern design and the California Mission-inspired architecture that dominated the campus, but going down a hallway past dozens of minuscule offices with frosted glass doors, I was reminded of the documentary I saw on Japanese capsule hotels. You would have thought Gates could have sprung for an extra floor in his building to give everyone a little more elbow room.
In real life, I interviewed a Stanford Computer Science professor to better understand the election integrity issues associated with electronic voting. His name is David Dill. Given that we are in the midst of presidential primary season and have the November, 2008 presidential election looming, you may want to check out the article
he recently wrote about the dangers of relying on computers to tally votes. The money quote is right up front:
The role of computers in voting should be limited, because computers are fundamentally limited machines.
Another Helping of Maltese, Please
If you can stand it, here's yet another video of some talking heads gabbing about The Maltese Falcon
. This time it's me and Hailey Lind
being interviewed on Pleasanton's local book show, In a Word. The hosts are Jim Ott and Kathy Cordova.
The Fisherman's Club in Buenos Aires is sort of like the Cliff House
in San Francisco.