Archive | April, 2009

28 April 2009 0 Comments

Gaza gets the manure, but no one to spread it

Billions promised, but Gazans still waitingFour months on from the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Palestinians have seen little of the money pledged for reconstruction. By Matt Beynon Rees, on Global Post. RAMALLAH — Money, wrote the English philosopher Francis Bacon, is like manure: of very little use unless it is spread. Since an international aid […]

28 April 2009 0 Comments

Baksheeshed to the Bone

I’m guest-blogger today on Checkpoint Jerusalem, the excellent and delightfully varied blog by McClatchy Newspapers Middle East correspondent Dion Nissenbaum. Dion does a better job of rooting out interesting cultural angles on the news than anyone else covering the Middle East. Under the headline “Jesus was Right: Finding a Good Samaritan”, Dion introduces my series […]

28 April 2009 0 Comments

The Writing Life: Warwick Collins

The riskiest thing for a writer to do is to try to enter the head of a great genius by making that genius the narrator of a novel. Why? Because if you aren’t a genius of at least similar proportions, it won’t ring true. Think of the tedious melodrama that passed for the life of […]

26 April 2009 0 Comments

The Writing Life: Evan Fallenberg

The most stirring, dramatic novel I’ve read in many years is Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg. It’s the story of Joseph Licht, an Israeli family man who falls in love with his rabbi. At first it looks like it might be the tale of their forbidden romance, but the book takes a startling turn and […]

23 April 2009 0 Comments

The Writing Life: Thomas M. Kostigen

Thomas M. Kostigen is the most important environmental writer in the U.S. That’s not only because he’s trekked through the Amazon to record how we’re destroying it, or because he climbed into the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island to…smell how badly it stinks. Or because his ground-breaking New York Times bestseller The Green Book […]

23 April 2009 0 Comments

What’s the difference between Sharansky and Liebermann? A couple of inches, that’s about all

By Matt Beynon Rees, published on Global PostJERUSALEM — So, there are two eastern European guys, one from Ukraine and the other from Moldova. One of them is on the short side and is a chess whiz who suffered through a Siberian labor camp for his uncompromising belief in democracy and freedom. Meet Natan Sharansky, […]

21 April 2009 0 Comments

Review: Cara Black’s Haitian scandal, voodoo and family obsession

Murder in the Latin Quarterby Cara BlackSoho Crime, isbn 1569475415 Just when our detective is set to get down to some normal, profitable work, a woman walks into her office with a story that sets our mystery on a personal track. It’s a tested opening for a detective novel, but Cara Black’s version of it […]

21 April 2009 0 Comments

Beastly Me: my Holocaust take on The Daily Beast

I’ve started writing for Tina Brown’s ground-breaking news website The Daily Beast. The first of my pieces runs today. Here’s the headline:ISRAEL’S PRIVATE SHAMEToday is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the worst place to be a survivor might be Israel.To read the article, click here.

20 April 2009 0 Comments

Krimis, polars, gialli: What crime novels are called around the world

Sometimes people talk about crime novels as though they were all the same. The sheer number of different names for variants of the crime novel proves that isn’t true. Police procedural. Mystery novel. Thriller. Cosy. Exotic detective. Supernatural. I used to think there was little real difference, but then my UK publisher told me he […]

18 April 2009 1 Comment

The Writing Life: Christopher G. Moore

Readers love to discover an author whose work suggests they’re a kindred spirit. Novelists, engaged in the often lonely work of writing, enjoy it even more. That’s how I feel about Christopher G. Moore, whose path is in many ways similar to mine (as you’ll see in this interview). Based in Bangkok, he’s the creator […]