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Interview on MSNBC News

4/23/2009

I was interviewed by MSNBC News this morning based on the article I wrote for thedailybeast.com on the CIA and interrogation techniques. Watch the interview. … Read more

Writing for The Daily Beast

4/22/2009

I am now a Contributor to thedailybeast.com!Read my first article: Hands Off the CIA.And subscribe to the RSS feed for my stories. … Read more

Looking for a great writer!

4/18/2009

A friend of mine, a legendary Harvard Law School professor, is defending a college student in a fascinating, landmark legal case against the copyright industry and the music industry. This is a story that, in the right hands, can become a book (and a movie) along the lines of A CIVIL ACTION (meets BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE/"21"). … Read more

April Writing Tips - Books to Be Influenced By

4/15/2009

The text of my April Writing Tips newsletter -- if you'd like to subscribe, you can sign up here.It never ceases to amaze me. I’ll meet someone at an event who says, “I always wanted to be a writer,” and I’ll ask, “What do you like to read?” – and that person will say something like, “I’m really not much of a reader.” … Read more

Out on the town... with Kevin Spacey

4/8/2009

Late Friday night in a Boston bar: left to right, Dana Brunetti (who runs Trigger Street, Kevin Spacey's production company; me; Kevin Spacey; author Ben Mezrich. … Read more

"When is PARANOIA going to be a movie?"

4/7/2009

Soon, I hope!From VARIETY, 4/7/09:Gaumont finds Finder's 'Paranoia'Barry Levy to adapt bestselling novelBy MICHAEL FLEMINGGaumont has acquired the bestselling Joseph Finder novel "Paranoia" and set Barry Levy to script an adaptation.Alexandra Milchan will produce. … Read more

"PROS & CONversation," a fundraiser for WriteBoston

4/6/2009

I was honored to be a guest at "PROS & CONversation," a fundraiser for WriteBoston, last Thursday night. WriteBoston is a citywide initiative created by Mayor Tom Menino to boost writing proficiency among the city's high school students. It's a public/private partnership that I have supported since its inception, and PEN New England is one of several nonprofit organizations that participate in WriteBoston programs. … Read more

Why I Write (and eat)

4/1/2009

I admit it: the lifestyle was one of the things that first attracted me to thrillers, particularly to spy novels. Who wouldn’t want to drive an Aston Martin and drink Meursault, like James Bond? Vicariously, at least?When I first started reading thrillers, I remember being particularly captivated by the sophisticated lifestyle implied by all those descriptions of meals. Obviously James Bond knew how to live. Maybe if I read enough Ian Fleming, I too would learn how. … Read more