It’s unclear to me why Paul Bunyan made page 1 of today’s New York Times. But buried in the news story, there is one item that seems worthy of our attention. In Bemidji, MN, there is an 18 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan. Until 2014, whenever the Shriners came to Bemidji, the Paul Bunyan […]

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Aspiring mystery writers in CT, DE, NJ, NY, PA and WV have two weeks left to submit an application. The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire aspiring mystery writers by offering financial support to writers who want to take a specific class, attend a conference, or to do specific research as demonstrably necessary to […]

My friend Suzanne promises “hot noir, cool bar.” I’m inclined to agree. My contribution to the evening is rounding into shape. A bit of suburban paranormal noir. Next Sunday night. Shade Bar. NYC. Be there. You’ve been warned.

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Sometimes art is not the thing itself, but is something else entirely, something born from a space that is not the thing, but stands in relationship with the thing and by so doing creates a new thing unto itself. I spent Sunday pondering this question at the Hirshhorn, there to experience two exhibits, Robert Irwin and Linn Meyers. Both exhibits used […]

When I first set up my website, I was unable to get my name as the domain name. Instead, I settled for jeffmarkowitzmysteries.com. When my name became available, I bought the domain (jeffmarkowitz.com) and kept jeffmarkowitzmysteries as well. After a couple of years, I let go of jeffmarkowitzmysteries. Frankly, I didn’t figure anyone was eager […]

When I first became serious about writing mysteries, I considered going to a writer’s conference in Chicago. My problem was simple… the cost. When I added up the cost of the conference registration, hotel and airfare, I struggled to justify the expenditure. Then one of my friends offered a bit of advice. If you want […]

I had a drink tonight at the Wildcat. The last time I was here was a year ago. There was a talented musician playing guitar and singing. I’m pretty sure it was the same guy last year. I’d like to tell you he was playing guitar the first time I came to the Wildcat, but […]

Not lower-case nothing. Upper-case, big-N Nothing. Stanislaw Lem explained the difference between the two in his masterpiece, The Cyberiad: Fables for a Cybernetic Age. “Machine, do Nothing!” The machine sat still. Klapaucius rubbed his hands in triumph, but Trurl said: “Well, what did you expect? You asked it to do nothing, and it’s doing nothing.” […]

Celebrating the holidays, regardless of what holidays you choose to celebrate, is about the people you are blessed to celebrate them with, whether in person or from afar, and I am truly blessed to share this season with a wonderful family and the most extraordinary of friends and if that’s not enough, I also now […]