Genius or Madman? Or both?

Nancy Andreasen,MD, PhD, a leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ, and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide.–John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel


Goodbye to Eli Wallach

Veteran character actor Eli Wallach, who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career has died. He was 98.

Wallach played two of my favorite bad guys, Tuco in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and bandit leader Calvera in The Magnificent Seven. I will probably have to load those up on the DVD player tonight.

My all time favorite movie theme, from The Magnificent Seven:

RIP, Eli Wallach…

Eli Wallach The Good The Bad and the Ugly

The new Stephen King novel is a bit of a change of pace

No ghosts or goblins, no haunted houses, no magical creatures, no paranormal abilities. Just good vs evil. A former cop, depressed and empty in retirement, is drawn back into an unsolved case. Just another detective story? Not with Stephen King telling the story. King’s imperfect hero must match wits, not with a common criminal, but an insane and obsessed mind bent on horror.

The genre of Stephen King’s works of fiction is not why I read everything he publishes. King is a great yarn spinner; as I read his books, I fall through the hole in the page and become part of the story. If you haven’t read any of his stuff before, Mr. Mercedes is your chance to meet the master storyteller in a classic crime tale.