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April 10, 2017 – 6:34 pm | 4 Comments

I’ll be having a birthday soon, which means I’ll have to confront something on my list of fears. This year’s challenge: spring cleaning. [Insert horror scream here.] I think I’ll read a book instead and hope the …

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Thank You, Universe

November 21, 2012 – 11:35 pm | 2 Comments
night sky by Sarah G

I have so many reasons to be thankful—the most loving family, friends more generous than I deserve—but luckily those have been true my whole life. This year, I thought I’d mention my thanks to the …

Movie Review: HITCHCOCK

November 21, 2012 – 1:55 am | 2 Comments

Hitchcock (out Friday, Nov. 23), which takes place during the making of Psycho, should be called Hitchcock and Alma. Yes, we get to peek behind the shower curtain to see how the iconic movie was …

Weird Casting Conversation

November 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

Some of you know Mr. PCN is a casting director. I sometimes help answer phones. Yesterday, I had this conversation.
Man on the line, in heavy accent: “Yes. I have Japanese ladies. You looking for Japanese …


November 16, 2012 – 4:12 am | 8 Comments
silver linings lawrence

I still have to see many more awards contenders, but Silver Linings Playbook is an early favorite. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, charming, moving, wacky, and…well, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar …

ANNA KARENINA Review + Notes from Q&A with Joe Wright & Keira Knightley

November 14, 2012 – 1:04 am | 10 Comments

I attended a Variety screening Monday night of Anna Karenina, and stayed afterward for the Q&A with director Joe Wright and Keira Knightley. It’s the kind of movie that benefits from such a chat.
For the …

Nerdy Special List November 2012

November 12, 2012 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

Here are the November titles we enjoyed:
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
The Right Hand by Derek Haas (Nov. 13, Mulholland Books) is an action-packed spy thriller. Haas introduces his American spy, Austin Clay, in …

Movie Discussion: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 – 7:19 pm | 6 Comments

The AFI Fest started last week (wrapping up today) and for the third year, I’ve been attending as a press member. Last night was the annual “Secret Screening,” revealed at the last minute as Skyfall. Guess …

Literary Conversation Starters

October 23, 2012 – 11:20 pm | 15 Comments

When you read in public, do people often come up to you wanting to discuss your book? It doesn’t always happen to me, but it did tonight while I was at a cafe reading Michael …

Book Review: THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton

October 21, 2012 – 9:17 pm | 4 Comments
secret keeper morton

Kate Morton is one of the few authors I think can get away with writing fat, 500-page novels because she fills up those pages with a lot of story. I was a bit surprised, then, …

You Will Not Believe This Story

October 15, 2012 – 8:18 pm | 31 Comments
Ong Ngoai

As some of you might know, I’ve been doing a play called Year of the Rabbit at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA for the past couple months. The experience has been more rewarding professionally and personally …

Fun at Bouchercon 2012

October 13, 2012 – 1:07 am | 11 Comments
Robert Crais

Last week was Bouchercon, but it was also my fourth blogoversary. While everyone thought they were attending the world mystery convention, I knew it was really my blogoversary party, where I celebrated with some wonderful …

Nerdy Special List for October 2012

October 12, 2012 – 1:00 pm | 2 Comments
ask the passengers

I’m finally getting this list up because we’ve all been super busy, but it didn’t stop us from reading some good books. Here are our recommendations for this month:
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
I decided …

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