Review: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan

Readers often suggest books I should write. My standard reply is, “Well, arranged marriages can work nicely for some folks, but I have to fall in love on my own.” When I’m almost finished with a novel, I start dating again. I read promiscuously and watch a lot of documentaries on the History Channel and … Read more…

NatHist of a Novel: Poe is a go.

I’ve moved from 87% committed to the Poe novel to “Okay. I’m in.” Here’s why: 1. The first two biographies I’ve read have kept my interest and I’m looking forward to more research. 2. I’m starting this book largely ignorant of Poe’s historical, political and literary context. It’s been fun and fascinating to stretch out … Read more…