here to browse our three pages of cat-related books. And if you have a particular feline friend, please share his or her name with us (especially if book-related)!
Reporting that crime novelist Elmore Leonard died yesterday, NPR offered his 10 Rules of Writing, which I couldn't love more.
1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said."
5. Keep your exclamation points under control.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
Leonard was massively popular, writing almost 50 books—many of which were made into films. He is included in A New Omnibus of Crime, which looks to me like a fantastic read for mystery/crime fiction addicts.
Another highly creative person we will miss greatly is jazz pianist Cedar Walton, who died Tuesday. Thankfully, like Leonard's, his work lives on. Don't miss his collaboration with singer Ian Shaw: In a New York Minute. Here is Walton at a festival with a beautifully lyrical take on Coltrane's "Naima."