Blown To Bits

The Death of Suspense

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 by Harry Lewis

On Saturday I spoke at a Harvard Club event in Baltimore. In the audience was Ruth Glick, a romance and suspense novelist whose pen name is Rebecca York. She blogged my talk here. The hilarious part is that she says the cell phone causes her problems as a novelist: she has to keep coming up with excuses for why people can’t get in touch with each other! Makes sense — suspense requires a degree of isolation, and that is no longer a phenomenon of daily life, all the scary Verizon ads about dead spots notwithstanding.

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