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Jun 22, 2015

I’m going to risk offending my guest right at the top because I can’t help but think of his latest work, Cascade Falls, as a “small” novel. In my mind, describing his book thusly is a compliment; I just don’t know if he’ll see it this way. The thing is, Cascade Falls tells a story about a very narrow...


Jun 17, 2015

If you were building a fantasy league team of modern comic book writers, Chuck Dixon would have to be on it. Sure, he’s best-known as the co-creator of Batman’s most fearsome enemy, Bane – sorry, Joker fans! – whose first appearance came during the stunning “Knightfall” series in 1993, but that just...


Jun 12, 2015

What I knew about comic book writer Steven Grant before inviting him to be a guest could be summed up pretty simply: He wrote a run of X for Dark Horse Comics when the publisher briefly flirted with creating a superhero universe of its own that included Ghost and Barb Wire under the “Comics’ Greatest World”...


Jun 11, 2015

(ORIGINALLY RECORDED MARCH 12, 2009) If you’re old enough to remember “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and “The Mike Douglas Show,” then you’re old enough to have seen a lot of The Amazing Kreskin. When Kreskin is a TV talk show guest, you see well, AMAZING things happen. Wherever his skills and talent...


Jun 1, 2015

I read Pete Townshend’s memoir, Who I Am, about a year ago, my interest in 1960s British rock icons fired up by Life, the compelling autobiography of Keith Richards. But whereas Richards’ book astounded me with its stories, recall, and the author’s drug- and alcohol-fueled insights into his own...