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Jeff Cohen
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Jeff Cohen This past weekend much of my family gathered at my house for our 45-minute PowerPoint Seder (now in HD!), a ceremony that dates back at least six or seven years and celebrates our limited attention span as well... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen Okay. Let me explain why I lie so much. In my regular walking-around life, I try to tell the truth the vast majority of the time. For one thing, remembering the lie is exhausting, and besides, I have... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen Update, Thursday, Apr. 14: I am told that Arnold Drucker passed away early this morning at the age of 93. The fact that I posted about him this week was a complete coincidence, but a friend of the... Continue reading
Awfully nice of you, Patty.
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Jeff Cohen I am pleased--no, tickled--to report that during the week of April 10, I will be in the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list. You don't believe me (as you would be wise not to)? Just... Continue reading
Go get 'em, boss!
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I’m not trying to convince anybody, Terri. You like what you get out of it, and that’s great. For me it doesn’t work. That’s the way it goes.
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Jeff Cohen I am very clear about this: I make things up for a living. That is to say, nothing you'll read from me (with the possible exception of this blog and my two non-fiction books) is true. None of... Continue reading
As an author, I believe everything is salable if marketed properly, mostly because I don't understand marketing at all.
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Jeff Cohen Things I Like About Being A Crime Fiction Author Readers are a wonderful group. Even the ones who don't like my books are nice about it. Other authors. What a welcoming community. I have met people named "Twist"... Continue reading
I appreciate the effort, Lynne. Threw me off that the piece was about voice. I'm a little dense.
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Not sure I'm getting your point, Lynne.
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Jeff Cohen I'll be speaking on How to Make (Fictional) Murder Funny at the Ewing Branch Library in Ewing, NJ this Sunday (March 20) at 2 p.m., so please register and drop on in! I'll be signing books and talking... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen Two recent incidents have me questioning the concept of voice in writing characters. They're unrelated and possibly unimportant, but they've hung in with me for a few days and why shouldn't I dump them on you given the... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen In the current American election cycle--one which is almost awe-inspiring in its horrific weirdness--there has come to the forefront one truth that any thinking person from this country or any other must embrace in order to save the... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen If you have not read or seen The Maltese Falcon, there will be some spoilers ahead. But you should read it and see it. Thanks to the good people at TCM, last week I was able (as was... Continue reading
You're absolutely right. By June 1 the primary season will be over. New Jersey votes June 7.
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Very kind of you, Casey. I actually wrote 20-something screenplays; the one you’re talking about is the semi-true story of Harpo Marx’s trip to the Soviet Union in late 1933. I’m glad you liked it (producers did not)!
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Yeah, pretty much.
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Jeff Cohen A week ago today I put the first finishing touches (there will be more months from now) on the second book in a series that won't start until about this time next year. And if you think that's... Continue reading
Some of my favorite times with both my children. Enjoy it!
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Jeff Cohen There's a problem with writing crime fiction, specifically a mystery novel. You have to figure out who the guilty party is in advance. Sure, snicker if you like, but it's easy being the reader. You just follow the... Continue reading