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March 2017



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You ain't been in my house five minutes and you already done shot somebody, Mouse.

Walter Mosley on Studio 360 today.

Aside from being Walter Mosley, and thus, yanno, cool, he talks about the uses of genre, and the ways you can use it to trick people into reading about things they might not otherwise read about.

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned is one of my favorite books ever.


He's someone I've always meant to get around to reading. Guess I'd better get off my butt and do it, eh?
Well, if you found him interesting. *g*
Mmm, I don't know yet. But I'll try anything once. Or twice. Can't be worse than what I've read in the past couple of months. (Dan Brown, anyone?)
"You said don't shoot him, right? Well I didn't; I strangled him. If you didn't want me to kill him, why did you leave me alone with him?"

Walter Mosely is one of the sadnesses of my life as a reader, because as cool as I find the man, and as much as I want to support African americans writing in genre, his books never quite grab me. I loved the movie adaptation of Devil in a Blue Dress, but I just can't get into the Easy Rawlins books, worse (for I am also a big geek), I can't get into his forays into science fiction either. I feel like some lame significant other trying clumsily to break things off. "Walter, it's not you baby, it's me."

In my dreams, he and Elmore Leonard collaborate on some project, because Leonard is one of those writers as compulsively consumable as potato chips for me, even when, from the perspective of a half-step back, this or that individual book might not really be his best work.
Ihave to admit, I find Mosley's SF a little like Theodore Sturgeon Lite, but I suspect that relates to the discussion earlier about Beloved and why it's a great literary novel while it's still not a very good genre ghost story.

I read Leonard, but I always have a hard time finishing his books, because I get bored at the 3/4ths mark. Mosley, on the other hand, I just zip through nodding.
You are a sensible sensible woman.

aka Dr. Mallard

Does it ever bother you that the adorable young man in your icon has unaccountedly morphed into the quirky (and imho equally adorable) Ducky on NCIS?

Since you mentioned in another essay on the squick of Bill Cosby and Shari Lewis having been young and hot once upon a time.

Re: aka Dr. Mallard

Nope. Because David and Bob are *still* hot. *g*