You can’t win it if you’re not in it. When I worked in the UC humanities institute world, this is the advice I routinely gave the scholars I coached on proposals for research funding. Two years ago, almost by accident, I began taking my own advice — and I learned some valuable lessons along the… Read More Power of a Proposal
This is some marketing copy I wrote in 2012 or 2013, in a crime fiction class with Lynne Hightower. Thousands of words later, much has changed, and yet the general outline still holds. At that point, I imagined I was writing a genre novel and that I would bang it out quickly and…. Of course,… Read More Margot Black Is Back!
My book Caught in the Crossfire grew out of my lifelong passion for novels and movies (especially crime fiction and film noir), a commitment to progressive politics past and present, and a critical moment of archival serendipity. As I was beginning my dissertation research, I took a trip to the State Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin. At… Read More How I Got Caught in the Crossfire
Originally posted on December 13, 2018 at creative-egghead.com Last winter I came to the Fountain of Youth intending to jumpstart — and hopefully finish — The File on Margot Black, the historical novel project inspired by my academic work on the 1947 film Crossfire and the House Un-American Activities investigation into Hollywood radicalism. Even as I was working… Read More Auf Wiedersehen, Margot Black