J.D. Salinger: A Few Thoughts

January 30, 2010

Tags: J.D. Salinger

I read "The Catcher in the Rye" when I was thirteen or fourteen and enjoyed it. I can't recall to what extent I identified with Holden Caulfield--I think to identify COMPLETELY with Holden you had to be an adolescent male--but the character certainly resonated with me. And he did so with anyone who felt (more…)

Great Headlines Redux

January 26, 2010

Tags: Great Headlines

From the Associated Press, by way of the San Francisco Chronicle, January 26, 2010:

"Man Caught at Airport with 44 Lizards in His Pants"

This happened in Christchurch, New Zealand. The contraband lizards were skinks and geckos. No word on whether the latter tried to sell anyone auto insurance.

Robert B. Parker Interview

January 26, 2010

Tags: Robert B. Parker, Author Interviews

This interview with Robert B. Parker was first published in 1998 in The Country and Abroad. Here's an excerpt:

Kelly: What was the genesis of Spencer?

Parker: I read Raymond Chandler and copied him.

Kelly: There must have been more to it than that.

Parker: I always wanted to do this [write crime novels] and (more…)

Robert B. Parker Remembered

January 21, 2010

Tags: Robert B. Parker

I did a long interview with Bob Parker in 1998, from which I'll post excerpts shortly. If you didn't know already what a nice, interesting, unassuming, and very funny guy he was, the interview will show you.

Meanwhile, a few Bob stories:

1. He and his future wife Joan met when they were three, at a birthday (more…)

Robert B. Parker

January 19, 2010

Tags: Robert B. Parker

I was deeply shocked and very saddened to learn just a few minutes ago that Robert B. Parker, one of the greats in mystery writing, has died. Apparently at his desk, too, where he was no doubt at work at another book that would bring pleasure to hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of (more…)


January 11, 2010

Tags: Memoirs

Memoirs--not the ghosted celebrity tell-alls, but those produced by interesting people who can actually write well and have stories worth telling--are some of my favorite reading. Below is a list of some I've enjoyed. This list isn't in any particular order. Nor is it comprehensive. I'll add to it as more titles occur to me.



January 10, 2010

Sal Esposito from East Boston has received a summons to serve on a jury in Suffolk Country, Mass. Sal is actually a cat. His/her (I'm not sure of Sal's sex) owner has tried to have Sal disqualified on the grounds that he's not a person. The jury commissioner has turned down the request. Sal's court date (more…)

Mary McGarry Morris: Novelist

January 10, 2010

Tags: Author Interviews, Mary McGarry Morris

Here's an excerpt from an interview I did with Mary McGarry Morris. It was first published in 1999 in The Country and Abroad.

Kelly: Did you want to be a writer when you were very young?

Morris: I did. I did. It was one of those things I always knew I wanted to do, wanted (more…)

Great Headlines: Comestibles

January 9, 2010

Tags: Great Headlines

"Australian Police Baffled by Spate of Cucumber Thefts" -- Independent (Ireland), August 12, 2009

"Biscuits Injuring Millions of Britons" -- Metro (London), September 8, 2009

"Boston Celebrates Marshmallow Fluff" -- Boston Globe, September 26, 2009

"Secret Worcestershire Sauce Recipe Found" -- Daily Telegraph (London), November 2, 2009

"Papaya Receives Sex Change Operation" -- LaboratoryEquipment.com, November 3, 2009

"Hunt for Undamaged Beets Continues" -- (more…)

Simon Ortiz: Poet

January 9, 2010

Tags: Author Interviews, Simon Ortiz

This is an excerpt of a long interview I did with poet Simon Ortiz, first published in The Country and Abroad, September, 2000.

Kelly: Your first book of poetry was "Naked in the Wind," wasn't it?

Ortiz: Oh my gosh, that's going back a few years. How did you know about that? It was a (more…)

Selected Works

“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
"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