Shadows of Paris is a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award! I am up against some real competition, though, including best-selling author Wally Lamb. So, fingers crossed for the award ceremony on October 22.
Just drank a bottle of Priam Vineyard's rose, and recalled this local television show Amy and I did when we were promoting our book A History of Connecticut Wine. It's great to know that the state's wine industry is booming, and that we had some small part in promoting and recording its rise.
Amy and I have a new article in the summer issue of Edible Nutmeg, focusing on the incredible connections our state has to the history of modern chickens. And a nice recipe for grilled Cornish game hens.
Check out my latest essay at Berfrois, an analysis of the existentialist dilemma that has sucked the air out of Macbeth criticism for the last century, and how Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood may offer a little oxygen.
Real Stories on youtube has acquired the BBC4 Tom Thumb documentary that I was part of, and in some ways shaped with my book Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity. It includes me saying the word "erotic" on network television, so that's something. Seriously, though, it is a fine documentary about one of Connecticut's favorite sons...and the world's first international celebrity.
I have another review up at Empty Mirror Books, of Eugen Herrigel's Zen and the Art of Archery. And I have another article up at Berfrois, on Sherlock Holmes, demon hounds, and the need for evidence-based scientific review. That's 14 articles I've written since December (a few of which have not come out yet). I'm working on another dozen, along with a new novel, and a new history book.