This two sides of the same coin strategy is absolutely brilliant. We know that Antonio is the kind of person who can succeed with a bar in Nopal, and we know that the innkeeper Henry is the kind of person who, even if he succeeds in selling the motel and getting the license, will fail at the same enterprise. And Macdonald gets this across not by telling us but by showing us. In book after book in the Archer novels the minor characters’ lives and personalities are elucidated in this almost breathtakingly impressive way.
Some of my work on Updike was discussed on The Dish with Andrew Sullivan.
Some of my work on Ross Macdonald was discussed on Pretty Sinister Books.
Here is my interview with superstar music impresario Wendy Starland.
Here is my interview with Pulitzer Prize nominee Olympia Vernon.
Here is my interview with the editor of Best American Short Stories, Heidi Pitlor.
Here is my interview with acclaimed artist Emil Kazaz.
My musing on John D. Macdonald, Travis McGee, and the chicks was picked up on The Rap Sheet.