Great write-up and review. Thank you!
One evening six years ago the master crime novelist Lawrence Block(right) made an author appearance at the Westport (Conn.) Library next door to Fairfield. At that point, among the more than 100 books Block had published were four about writing. During the question-and-answer session, I asked him if he planned to write any more of those.
“God, I hope not,” he said, or words to that effect.
Two of Block’s then-existing books—Telling Lies for Fun and Profit (my favorite) and Spider, Spin Me a Web—were collections of columns he wrote for Writer’s Digest. Block contributed a monthly column on fiction writing to the magazine for more than 14 years, beginning in 1976. Not long after Block came to Westport, a fan and collector named Terry Zobeck turned over copies of 77 WD articles to him that had not been published in book form, and in 2011,
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