Dominick Dunne's Too Much Money

August 27, 2009

Tags: Dominick Dunne, Too Much Money, George Plimpton, Gary Condit, Chandra Levy

Dominick Dunne's posthumous novel, Too Much Money, will be published on December 1, 2009 by Random House. The lead character is reporter Gus Bailey, whom Dunne's readers will remember from People Like Us, A Season in Purgatory, and Another City, Not My Own, Dunne's memoir in the form of a novel about the O.J. Simpson (more…)

Dominick Dunne

August 26, 2009

Tags: Dominick Dunne

...has died. He had been fighting bladder cancer for quite some time.

Despite his illness, he kept on writing. His posthumous novel, Too Much Money, will be published later this year.

He was a remarkable man, and a truly nice one. I'll be writing more about him later.

More Thoughts on What Constitutes Literature

August 18, 2009

Tags: Is Literature Boring?

If you read my previous blog post, you're aware that "very literary" contemporary novels, at least according to the author of one such work, are by definition "slow and boring."

Another thing that struck me about my conversation with this writer was that she should so casually refer to herself as a writer of (more…)

Literary, Slow, and Boring

August 15, 2009

Tags: Is Literature Boring?

A few years ago an acquaintance of mine had her first novel published. She and I were talking about the book one day, and she mentioned that her landlord was reading it. Then she remarked that she was very surprised he was doing so. When I asked her why, she replied, "Well, you know, (more…)

"Extinct Boobies Return from the Dead"

August 13, 2009

Tags: Great Headlines

Well, this article title--it's from the August 13, 2009, issue of New Scientist--wins my award for Headline of the Day, or possibly of the week, or the year.

I had thought the article would be about some archaeologist exhuming Cleopatra's breast implants, but no...it turns out that boobies are a species of gannet that made (more…)

The Dominick Dunne/Imelda Marcos Show

August 13, 2009

Tags: Dominick Dunne, Imelda Marcos, Tina Brown, Author Interviews

In 1998, I did an interview with Dominick Dunne, which was published that same year in The Country and Abroad. Following is an excerpt:

Kelly: What was your strangest experience as a reporter? I know you've had a lot of them.

Dunne: A lot. I really had a lot of them.

Kelly: What stands out (more…)

Elinor Lipman

August 13, 2009

Tags: Elinor Lipman, Adoption, Anti-Semitism, Author Interviews

This is an excerpt from an interview I did with author Elinor Lipman. It first appeared in the September, 1999 issue of The Writer.

Susan Kelly: You started as a short story writer and abandoned that form for the novel. Was there any special reason for that?

Elinor Lipman: For me, short stories were developmental. (more…)

How I Came to Write The Boston Stranglers

August 8, 2009

Tags: Boston Stranglers, Albert DeSalvo, Cambridge Police, Crime

A number of people have asked me this question. Let me quote from the preface to the book, since that pretty much answers it:

November 8, 1981, was one of those lead-gray days when the sky seems very close to the earth. I was visiting the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department to do research for what would (more…)

Religion, Sex, and Politics

August 5, 2009

Tags: Religion, Sex, Politics

There was once a rule that the three subjects never to be discussed at dinner parties were religion, sex, and politics. Now it seems that the only things discussed at dinner parties are religion, sex, and politics.

House Hunters, Part Deux

August 2, 2009

Tags: House Hunters, New England

With respect to House Hunters, it occurred to me that very few episodes of the show are filmed in New England. (Maybe they have been, and I just haven't seen them.) I wondered why, and the only reason I can think of is that traditional New England residential architecture simply doesn't lend itself to (more…)

House Hunters

August 1, 2009

Tags: House Hunters

I don't have cable. In fact, I no longer have television, since I never bothered to obtain that doohickey that converts analog to digital, or whatever. I do watch a lot of movies on my DVD player, so I'm not that hopelessly out of touch with the zeitgeist, if that's the word I want.

So (more…)

Selected Works

Nonfiction
“This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism and remarkable writing.”
--Robert B. Parker
"Taut with suspense...crackles like a bestselling novel." -- Barry Reed, author of The Verdict
Fiction
"Susan Kelly's maiden mystery is fresh and free-spirited with lively characters, snappy dialogue...and a suspenseful plot." -- Washington Post
“Spinetingling... noteworthy... brings the horror of being a victim into sharp focus.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking... a gritty, bittersweet story with added depth and dimension.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner with action and suspense." -- SSC Booknews
"A winner for fans of literate, witty mysteries." -- Tony Hillerman
"The Summertime Soldiers has love, sex, and murder and most of all, a heart." -- Boston Herald