What is The Agony Column?
"He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. "Dear me!" said he, turning over the pages, "what a chorus of groans, cries, and bleatings! What a rag-bag of singular happenings! But surely the most valuable hunting-ground that ever was given to a student of the unusual!"
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Red Circle
NEW! 04-01-14: Time to Read Ep 155: David Rich 'Middle Man'
A 2014 Interview with David Rich
"...so much is known so quickly..."
I think listeners and readers will get a sense just how much fun David Rich's 'Middle Man' is as they listen to our conversation. I have not had so much fun, or been so relaxed in quite some time. And let me acknowledge this right now; David Rich is to be credited with re-casting my "Time to Read" mini-interviews as "the lightning round," which says quite a bit about his wit and his intelligence.
A 2014 Interview with Carol Cassella
"... we could provide good care for everyone..."
In person, Carol Cassella is much like her novel, 'Gemini.' She's smart, engaging, very low-key, but able to address big issues with an understated elegance. It seems as if she must have a hard time getting away from being a doctor to write. I imagine as a doctor she'd be in quite high demand.
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