Friday, October 30, 2009

Riding Along – Part 1

I’m currently researching a new project. Last week, thanks to the generous cooperation of the Oklahoma City Police Department, I spent an evening shift with a patrol unit from the Will Rogers Division on the south side of the city. I probably don’t need to tell you that there’s not a huge correspondence between most TV cop shows and real life. Big Difference #1: the Straight Answer.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Adequate Sex

My copy editor for GUTSHOT STRAIGHT is a woman named Maureen Sugden, who is smart, hilarious, and ruthless. Every single thing I deserved to be busted on, she busted me on. And she did this busting in such an artful, good-cop/bad-cop way that while I felt ashamed of my mistakes, I also felt immense relief that Maureen had protected me from them, and from myself.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

State of the State Fair

A couple of weeks ago I attended (i.e., was forced by my wife to attend) the Oklahoma State Fair for the first time since I was a kid. Here are a few impressions:

The carnie ride operators didn’t seem quite as toothless, seedy, and doped-up as I remember. Nor did they seem to take the same demonic delight in their jobs.