Posts Tagged: Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013

That's the opening of Elmore Leonard's Bandits, and it's as good an example as any of the way Leonard throws you right in and keeps you reading from the very start. Leonard, who died this morning at the age of 87, was a genre writer who transcended the label in two genres, and whose major flaw was that he made it look so easy that too many people thought they could duplicate it without putting in the effort that made it so rewarding when it came from Leonard himself. ("A line of dialogue is not clear enough if you need to explain how it's said," is just [...]


My Books Of Sad Jews

As National Novel Writing Month enters its final days, the next in our series about the novels that we started writing but, for whatever reason, never finished.

There's a novel I didn't write, and another novel that I did. I'll tell you about the second one first. It's finished—or notionally finished and objectively un-sold, although my agent tells me it received several posi-polite notes of no-thanks—and still here with me. It's in my head, and at least virtually is right there on this laptop's desktop, where it is both ostensibly complete and current through my last idle tinkerings with it, which I made on a slow and stop-full [...]