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Oct 31, 2015

First novels are hard. Writing them is a challenge, finding a publisher is a major mountain to climb, and promoting them may be the hardest task of all. But when my friend Howard Finberg told me that a friend of his was writing a mystery series set in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, I committed without even reading...


Oct 28, 2015

When Jeanne Martinet told me she had rewritten and revised more than 50 percent of her 1992 guide, The Art of Mingling: Fun and Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room, I had to admit I was curious. As an author myself, I think if I had that much new content to offer, I would have leaned toward an entirely new...


Oct 20, 2015

Growing up in New Jersey, my grandparents frequently took me by bus and train out to Brooklyn to visit my Great-Aunt Bess and Great-Uncle Max. Sometimes, we stayed in their tiny apartment and Aunt Bess cooked. But sometimes, my grandfather and I went off and spent the day at Coney Island, riding the rides and eating a...


Oct 9, 2015

Is it wrong that, in watching Tommy Ford’s new web TV series, “The Club,” I found myself rooting for his character, Rev. Lamont Holmes Jr., to fail? This is a married man of the cloth – emphasis on man – who loves women and has been with Siamese twins and prefers Oprah over Halle. We learn this when he applies...


Oct 6, 2015

(NOTE FROM MR. MEDIA: I recorded this interview with AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson on November 26, 1983 for a St. Petersburg Times print interview [published December 4, 1983] when I was the pop music writer for the newspaper. You can read the story below; the conversation itself is not my best work, although maybe it...