David Freed


*You Might Be a Pilot If…

Every detail about that glorious day you soloed is burned into your memory like the day your kids were born. Every time you hear an aircraft overhead you automatically look up, wishing that was you. You forget all the greasers you made this month and

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What’s in a Name

What’s in a name? Plenty, if you’re a storyteller and you aspire to set your book’s protagonist apart in the world of crime fiction. Myriad considerations factor into how a writer goes about assigning their hero a name. Sometimes it’s a simple function of the

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Artificial Intelligence: Not Ready for Prime Time?

Recent studies have found that most people Google themselves. Indeed, a survey in May 2021 of nearly 9,400 adults* found that nearly one in ten people look up their name online every day using one or more search engines. “Ego surfing,” it’s called. Vanity and

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

I’ve read no shortage of spectacular books over the years, more than a few of which came wrapped in some pretty unspectacular covers. Conversely, I’ve read—or tried to read–some truly awful books that came camouflaged behind the most fantastic and ultimately misleading covers imaginable. Books

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In Memory of Nicole and Ron

On that day in June 1994, when Los Angeles police officers brought in O.J. Simpson for questioning in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman, I was 800 miles in Durango, Colorado, working on a cheeseburger, nursing a cold beer, and

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