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In which I stock up on nonfiction

Posted by on Oct 9, 2009 in Reading |

I don’t like to read fiction while I’m writing it – I find myself unconsciously aping my favorite writers. (I can flip through my first book and say That’s a James Ellroy sentence, or That’s a Travis McGee-style minor character.) I need to be reading at all times, so the solution is to load up on nonfiction for the six or eight...

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You got how many MPG in that 20-year-old Honda?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in News & Events | 1 comment

Chang Ho Kim is an old friend of mine, a top-notch mechanic specializing in Hondas, and a championship-level autocrosser, so I need to link to this post at a green-car blog. When Chang heard about a fuel economy competition, he dusted off a 1989 Honda CRX HF that was sitting behind his shop, tuned it up, lowered it (to reduce wind resistance), installed...

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The first paragraph of Conway Sax 4

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

Yeah, I’m going to need a better working title than that. One candidate is Mood Ring Eyes, but while I like the feel of the phrase – three four-letter words with distinctly different vowel sounds – it’s better suited to a romance (or for that matter a cheesy pop song) than a noir mystery. Anyway, here’s the opener as it now...

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They don’t make ’em like they used to

Posted by on Sep 18, 2009 in News & Events |

I’m not an unqualified fan of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the group does know how to throw a party. To celebrate its fiftieth birthday, the IIHS crashed a brand new 2009 Chevrolet Malibu into a ’59 Chevy Bel Air. If you think of cars from the 1950s as rolling fortresses, iron-framed behemoths that could run right over...

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