As I thumb through a horse supply catalog, I can't help but think of the pony people I met during the research for my book Fringe Florida. The research forever changed the way I look at the world and the humanity of people who do things many consider weird.
Hasn't Malcolm Gladwell had a busy fortnight? His latest book shipped on the first of October. And the deluge of reviews washed out a flood of anti-Gladwell bile. He's an unusually polarising author, Gladwell. And it looks like some of the criticism has stung.
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady have made documentaries about entire subcultures, but their latest tackles a whole city. Detropia looks unflinchingly at the grim realities of contemporary Detroit, which is where Ewing grew up. The city has changed drastically since then.
Helen Benedict has written five novels and five books of non-fiction. I recently spoke with Benedict about the unique undertaking of writing both fiction and non-fiction from the same research material.
Will Smith's upcoming movie sheds light on long forgotten Egyptian history. If you want to know the true story of the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, you'd better pay attention to what's going on in Egypt today and in the near future.