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Ruth was my first editor (for The Gemini Man, The Summertime Soldiers, and Trail of the Dragon), and no author could have asked for a better one. She'd read your manuscript, and get back to you within a week with a letter outlining her suggestions for revisions, which were always wonderfully helpful.

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Ruth Cavin

Ruth Cavin, a beloved figure in New York publishing, died Sunday, January 9. She was an outstanding editor, perhaps the more remarkable for having begun her career at age 61, an age at which most people begin thinking of retirement. She started at Walker and Company in 1979, and moved to St. Martin's Press in 1988, where she stayed  Read More 
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Jared Lee Loughner

Over at Mother Jones, Nick Baumann has a superb interview with one of Loughner's friends, which sheds considerable light on the workings--if you can call them that--of Loughner's mind.

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/jared-lee-loughner-friend-voicemail-phone-message
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Christine O'Donnell Hit Parade

Hmmm. The Palin Publicity Auto-Generator seems to work pretty well. I wonder if mentioning the name "Christine O'Donnell" works as efficaciously. Or repeating her mantra. Let's see:

I'm not a witch...
I'm not a witch...
I'm not a witch...
I'm not a witch...
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Sarah Palin Hit Parade

A few weeks ago, Richard Cohen wrote an article, which I read in the Washington Post, remarking on the huge number of hits his columns got whenever he wrote a piece about Sarah Palin. (I hope I'm recalling this correctly, Mr. Cohen, but I'm fairly sure that's what you said.) Anyway, I thought I'd try a little experiment and see how that worked for me. I don't intend actually to WRITE anything about Sarah Palin; I just want to see how many hits the mere mention of the name generates.

To anyone who ventures into this site expecting some incisive commentary--or even sporadic ramblings--about Palin, pro or con, my sincerest apologies for misleading you. But do stick around and and check the tags to the left to see if there's anything else you might be interested in reading.  Read More 
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Joran van der Sloot: Crazy Like a Faux

It seems that Joran van der Sloot, having claimed, fruitlessly, that his detailed confession to the murder of Stephany Flores was a) coerced, b) improperly translated/misunderstood by his translator, is now going for c) an insanity defense.

It won't work.

Maximo Altez, Joran's lawyer, has stated that Joran is a sick fellow. Well,  Read More 
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Further Sporadic Ramblings of Joran van der Sloot

News reports out of Peru state that Joran van der Sloot, while confessing to the murder of Stephany Flores, mentioned to his interrogators that he knew the exact location of Natalee Holloway's remains. He was, however, unwilling to share this knowledge with the Lima cops. He DID indicate that he'd be willing to share  Read More 
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A Preventable Death?

The FBI has been taking some heat for not arresting Joran van der Sloot immediately after they caught him on tape in Aruba extorting $25,000 from John Q. Kelly, Beth Holloway's lawyer, in exchange for information concerning the whereabouts of Natalee Holloway's body.

If Joran HAD been arrested on May 10, Stephany Flores would, in all  Read More 
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Breakfast of Champions

CBS, Fox, and other news agencies are reporting that while Stephany Flores Ramirez lay dead on Joran van der Sloot's hotel room floor, Joran went out to fetch himself some breakfast. He returned with the take-out to the hotel room, and dined while, apparently, contemplating Ms. Flores's corpse and trying to decide what to  Read More 
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The Sporadic Ramblings of Joran van der Sloot

It has been reported by the Peruvian press that before Joran van der Sloot gave what appears to be a truthful--or truthful as far as it ever gets with Joran--confession to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, he told the authorities who detained him in Chile a different story. This one involved Stephany and  Read More 
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