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Batman, Detective: Part 2

Detective Fiction, Pulp Magazines, and the Origins of Batman It may be a subject for debate about who is the most famous detective–Batman or Sherlock Holmes or Scooby Doo? And even though Sherlock is the eldest of the three, even he cannot claim to be the first. Usually that literary honor goes to Edgar Allen […]

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Batman, Detective: Part 1

With the launch of the new Gotham series on Fox, now is as good a time as any to pull out an unpublished essay I wrote a few years ago. I’m breaking the essay up into a series of six posts, so look for the other sections in coming days. Enjoy!   Batman, Detective (Or Does […]

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Golden Years: A Flash-Fiction Story

  “Everyone kept telling me to wait until my golden years. I tell ya, ‘golden years,’ what a crock!” The words struck me as I dropped my trash into the compactor, my nose cringing at the stench. Looking up, I saw two men locked in conversation. Oversized glasses and a baseball cap that sat high […]

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Gotham: A Review of the Premiere

It’s autumn again: the leaves are turning red, and the new TV season has started, this year with the most comic-book-inspired series ever. Of the new shows, Gotham looked most promising to me, and now after having watched the premiere, I am still excited about the new season, though I do have one significant reservation too. […]

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Returning to Writing after a Long Break

This week I returned to my novel after a hiatus of almost four months. That is certainly not as long as the infamous break in Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain took from 1876 to 1880, but it was enough to make getting back into the project a challenge for me. I have found the writing life to […]