15 February 2010 2 Comments

Who’ll play Omar in the movies…?

On the My Book, The Movie blog, I was asked to write about who I’d choose to play Omar Yussef in the movies. Here’s what I wrote: I didn’t need to think of an actor. Not until I’d finished my book. Then the thinking really started. The Palestinian detective hero of my books, Omar Yussef, […]

9 August 2009 0 Comments

Five smokes and a new novel: Klaus Modick’s Writing Life

When my second novel A GRAVE IN GAZA was being translated into German, I received an email from my translator. He had a number of penetrating questions about certain phrases I’d used in the book. He also happened to be the only translator who asked me a question about any of my books (and my […]

7 August 2009 0 Comments

A great “What if”: Richard Jay Parker’s Writing Life

In his terrific “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” Stephen King notes that the best way to start a novel is with a compelling “what if.” Try this one: “Vacation Killer” sends out a chain email declaring that he’s kidnapped a woman and that if you don’t forward the email to 10 friends he’ll […]

12 July 2009 0 Comments

Ingenious book readings: Just don’t mention books!

In his terrific book “On Writing” Stephen King notes that he once asked Amy Tan what she’s NEVER asked about at public readings. “They never ask about the writing,” Tan tells him. Which spurs King to write a book about exactly that. Now controversial UK publishing guru Scott Pack goes one better. Public appearances by […]

25 June 2009 0 Comments

The most obscure band in Jerusalem

I bet you didn’t know there was an underground scene in Jerusalem (at least not an underground music scene; you’ve probably heard of some other undergrounds that operate here). Here’s a little bit of Middle East insider poop for you: what’s the most obscure underground band in Jerusalem? Answer: Dolly Weinstein. A fivesome (formerly a […]