Blog recommendation: I’ve started following Lily Hamrick’s blog Oakland Notes. It’s smart, insightful and well-written. If you’re a an author, you need to read her entry on the nature of evil: http://lilyhamrick.com/2014/03/24/on-evil-2/. Bad guys (and gals) can’t be completely evil — well except perhaps for Iago.
Book store recommendation: If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by Another Read Through at 3932 N. Mississippi Ave in Portland. The owner, Elisa Sapher, mostly stocks used books, but she hosts a shelf for local Oregon authors. It’s a great shop with a wide variety of books. Check it out. Her website has further information. www.anotherreadthrough.com
An Australian television series has captured my attention: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Set in Australia, the series follows the adventures of Phyrne Fisher as she ” sashays through the back laneways of 1928 Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit.” It’s well-written and the star, Essie Davis, is a delight. If you enjoy mysteries with a strong female lead, this one is for you. Netflix subscriber? You’re in luck, that’s how I watch it. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/phrynefisher/