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Sherlock Holmes, My Dad and Me

It took me seven years to land my first publishing contract — which is actually not terrible by industry standards. But it meant that I’d had the dedication on my first novel picked out for at least that long: To […]

Sherlock Holmes, My Dad and Me

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It took me seven years to land my first publishing contract — which is actually not terrible by industry standards. But it meant that I’d had the dedication on my first novel picked out for at least that long: To […]

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Edgar Allan Poe: Artillerist-poet and his explosive legacy

The young Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) had a remarkable military career of almost four years, which had a lasting effect on his later literary work. Many Poe biographers speculated about

Labor Day, 2016-A Survivor’s Story

It’s the only U.S. holiday dedicated solely to workers. And since there’s no parade in my town, this should be an occasion for a guy who worked in a

Can sugarcane save Ethiopia’s dwindling forests?

Sugarcane harvest in Ethiopia (Wikipedia) Ethiopia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with a rich and varied nature and wildlife. However, the population growth and the need

Baltimore Sun gives Japanese War Lords a pass

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana Some of the ways in which the U.S.’ A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are very one-sided. They

Europe Under Attack: Neglected lessons from the Netherlands

On Christmas Eve (Peace on Earth) of the year 2002 I published an article in the Amsterdam newspaper 'Het Parool', in which I announced that sooner or later West

Edgar Allan Poe and King Ludwig II portrait

In 1882 the American journalist and writer Lew Vanderpoole requested an audience of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), because he needed the king's help for the settlement of

Saturday Night Live’s legacy: Beyond the laughs

 The cast of SNL's 41st season (NBC) In a nation as huge, diverse and easily distracted as ours, few things can unite and entertain us like TV. And few programs

Vincent van Gogh and the ‘Roderick Usher’ Syndrome

In a recent article it was argued that Edgar Allan Poe and his wife Virginia suffered from chronic poisoning by illuminating gas, when they lived in New York City

Edgar Allan Poe’s vehement year in New York: Was he poisoned?

During his life Edgar Allan Poe lived twice in New York City. The second time, from April 1844 till May 1846, brought him great successes, but also many problems

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