No Way to Treat a Dame

Dame Agatha Christie (Photo: Christie Archive Trust)
Dame Agatha Christie (Photo: Christie Archive Trust)

It’s a puzzle almost worthy of the Queen of Mystery.

Why is someone sabotaging the works of Agatha Christie?

Christie is the mostly widely published writer in the world, selling more than 2 billion books worldwide, second only to the Bible and Shakespeare, according to her publisher William Morrow.

But for a writer so lucrative, why is William Morrow doing such a criminally poor job showcasing Christie’s work?

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Ronan Farrow’s ‘Catch and Kill’ is the Best Thriller You’ll Read All Year

"Catch and Kill" coverOf all the horrifying stories in Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” one aside, barely a paragraph, haunts me.

A victim of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein finally worked up the nerve to broach the subject of her alleged sexual assault with her therapist.

Not long after, she spotted her therapist at Weinstein movie premiere.

Her therapist was a producer on the film.

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‘Recalled to Life’: A Case for Re-reading the Classics

taleoftwoMost people are exposed to the classics at the worst time of their lives.

When they are teenagers.

Young people typically have no patience or interest in the best works in literature and regard them, alas, as a slog to get through to graduation.

Part of the blame has to fall on school systems, which present these works about as appealing as the municipal tax code.

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When Magazines Struggle

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

The news came via a handful of flimsy postcards.

Four beloved fiction magazines were altering their formats to print only “double issues.”

The catch?

They were dropping down to bimonthly releases.

The quality quartet – “Analog Science Fiction and Fact,” “Asimov’s Science Fiction,” “Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine” and “Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine” – have all been monthly publications, more or less.

For the last several years, they’ve been published 10 times a year – in eight regular-sized issues plus two double-sized issues.

But now current owner Dell Magazines, a subsidiary of Penny Publications, best known for its monthly flood of crossword and puzzle magazines, decided to switch them to bimonthly status and so notified its subscribers in postcards.

Is the change because of declining sales?

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