Murder Isn't Funny. But Gallows Humor Is!

"In real life, [murder is] devastating....What is funny—in life and on the page—is how people cope with the savagery and finality of a senseless homicide."

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James Patterson Remembers His First Literary Party, Where James Baldwin Fought Norman Mailer

My first New York literary party taught me that, like a lot of secret societies, the inner world of literary people was borderline...