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Jan.07.2011
How do you make Jaffa, the ancient Mediterranean port city and present-day gritty suburb of Tel Aviv, look like Vienna in the winter of 1791? Answer: make a book video of a historical novel set in Mozart’s time, and let the lighting do the rest.Last week I headed down to Jaffa for a second day of...
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Dec.30.2010
My new book MOZART’S LAST ARIA will be out in the UK in May. Naturally this means a revamp for my website (coming soon) and a new promo video (coming about the same time) to be posted to Youtube. You know, all the stuff writers actually get into the business of writing in order to do. That, and...
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Dec.09.2010
There are many theories as to why Scandinavian crime writers prosper in the bestseller lists. But I know why it is. Ikea.  I just bought a new set of Ikea shelves for my office. I’ll get into exactly how that has altered the configuration of my workspace, but at this point let me just note that it...
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Nov.14.2010
Like any other city, Vienna abounds with urban myths. Separate truth from fiction with these Vienna mythbusters.  Vienna Urban Myth #1: The great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried in a pauper's grave. FALSE Vienna Mythbusters and scholars will be quick to tell you Mozart indeed had money...
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Nov.02.2010
When I worked for The Cleveland Orchestra, and we were trying to combat the exhaustion of being on tour, we would play the quiz “If you were banished to a deserted island, what music would you take with you?”  String players were shocked that I would leave Brahms behind giving priority to Bartόk...
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Oct.14.2010
Word of the Day: Supernumerary Those of you who don't think opera overlaps with popular culture have not been watching Mad Men. Or am I the only one who remembers a conversation Don Draper had in an elegant restaurant in the first of this season's episodes, when he was on a blind date with a young...
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Sep.01.2010
Writing of the disdain expressed for genre novels by critics, Raymond Chandler said that there were just as many bad “literary novels” of the type favored by critics as there were bad genre stories – except that the bad literary novels didn’t get published. In other words, there’s nothing inherent...
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Aug.04.2010
I’m in between drafts of a novel, so I thought I’d look for something to clear my head. Inspired by a BBC broadcast last week in honor of the 80th birthday of Broadway lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, I’ve been working on a musical version of my Palestinian crime novels. (Only in the shower...
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Jul.22.2010
A book takes a long time to write, and then it takes a while to sell. And another while to sell in another country, and another after that. So a writer’s smile spreads across time.My long-term grin widened this weekend, when I signed with my UK publisher for my next two books. Not only because...
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May.06.2010
A friend of mine was lunching with a Scandinavian author a while back. At one point, the writer joked: “But that’s enough of me talking about myself. What do YOU think of me?” Unlike that charming Scandinavian, I don’t care what you think of me. Don’t be offended – I'm not interested in what I...