This weekend I read an excellent short story by Uzodinma Iweala (don't ask me how to pronounce his name) titled Speak No Evil in the latest issue of The Paris Review. Iweala is the author of the book The Beast of No Nation. The link above only allows you to read a short excerpt of the story, but the issue is worth buying. The photo essay by Raymond Depardon is pretty good and the magazine's THE ART OF FICTION interview is with Norman Mailer, who is always interesting, even if he is full of shit most of the time.
Also, this month's The Atlanic magazine has an article about Harlan Coben, which is kind of condescending at times. Such an oddity that a magazine that can be a little highfalutin toward genre fiction would have a lengthy profile on someone so securely identified as a best-selling pop fiction writer.
Now for the quest of getting visitors from all 50 states. How about Wyoming? Anyone in the Equality State fans of crime fiction? Does anyone read C.J. Box's Joe Pickett novels who also lives in the state they are located in? Anyone? If you know of anyone, direct them to this blog.
I also want to give a shout out to my Alaskan visitor, Faith Brainerd, who gave into her sister's begging to check out the blog.