Easier ‘n Where’s Waldo.Find CLEFT HEART readers in photos.

It's easy to find Waldo these days. He's the only one at the beach or out on a once-busy Manhattan street. So, check out the two photos in this blog and figure out who's reading Cleft Heart. Let me know. Unprecedented Times for us all. As the great political writer Thomas Paine wrote during a low point in the American Revolutionary War, "These are the times that try men's souls." But as another great writer, Charles Dickens, wrote at the same time, "It was the best of times, it was  the … [Read more...]

The Psychopath and The Hare.

The Psychopath and the Hare lip is my way to addressing what's become an interesting debate among moviegoers. Even comic book aficionados have gotten into the act.  And so may you and I as so many of us are at home without  sports,  political rallies, and other live TV as a distraction. We've got time to watch movies like  Joker. The debate is whether Joaquin Phoenix, who won an Oscar for Best Actor, portrays the Joker as a psychopath or not? The Psychopath and The Hare Lip Now, … [Read more...]

Crime – Myths about the Evil Genius Killer – Tutorial for Tru-Crime Fans & Writers

Fans of true-crime books and crime writers  are often drawn to evil genius killer stories. And so are everyday people since these stories both horrify and fascinate us frequently. Evil genius killer tutorial. As a service to my fans and fellow true-crime writers, I'm providing another tutorial. This one deals with the myth and facts about one such  killer, Ira Einhorn. Hopefully, you readers will find it interesting. And you writers will find it useful. Many of our feelings and much of … [Read more...]

Rory Gilmore and Janie Junebug love books and share ’em.

Many of you remember The Gilmore Girls popular show which aired 2000- 2007. It created a book club for people to read all of the 339 books referenced on the show, esp by Rory Gilmore who loved reading books. She also loved the smell of books. Rory Gilmore loves books. Rory   taught us   important things that are now a part of many people's everyday life. First - always take a book with you. This tip has saved countless of us from complete boredom. Whether we're meeting up with a friend … [Read more...]

‘Bombshell,’ #MeToo, and Hollywood’s inability to portray its own villains.

As promised I will share your questions and comments and update mine now that I’ve seen Bombshell and thought about the #MeToo tie-in. First, I was dazzled by Theron's spot on depiction of Megyn Kelly. And the movie kept my interest and my companion's. Mostly, though, my concern in my prior blog - that Bombshell might gloss over institutional #MeToo issues - was unfortunately borne out. Additionally, I kept thinking,  is Hollywood the best industry to lecture us about #MeToo behaviors,  … [Read more...]

Bias against women explored by Bombshell. Does it do #MeToo justice?

Over two years ago, the flood gates of the #MeToo movement starkly revealed the predation, bias and discrimination women still face in workplaces. The  first accusations against Harvey Weinstein transformed a small hashtag enterprise started by a lone black woman into #meToo today...and helped bring about Bombshell. In the movie Nicole Kidman plays  former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, and Charlize Theron portrays  superstar anchor and personality, Megyn Kelly. Margot Robbie is a … [Read more...]

Plea bargains, Prisons, Parole — an after-your-arrest Tutorial with Boston Strangler tie in.

Am close to finishing my latest book, Privileged Killers, where I take plea bargains and parole board decisions to task. These are two phenomena that've dictated court and corrections culture  for years. Hopefully this tutorial will help  writers, criminology students,  true-crime fans, and others understand these topics. Plea bargains are a win-win often. Suspects get to plead guilty to doing something less serious than what they've done in all likelihood. The joke is it's  like copping to  … [Read more...]