Posts By: Paul Levine

Pulitzer Prizes 2014: Snowden Gets the Last Laugh

Pulitzer Prize

By Paul Levine… The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and I’m trying to take a nuanced approach…but I’m getting angry. The Washington Post and the Guardian U.S. shared the public service award for their publication and analysis of documents revealing the National Security Agency’s global surveillance program. The stories were, of course, based on documents…

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How I Killed The Miami Herald’s Tropic Magazine

The Miami Herald building

By Paul Levine The official story: there just weren’t enough ads for maternity jeans. I’m talking about the death of Tropic Magazine, which appeared every Sunday in The Miami Herald from October 1967 to December 1998. The magazine won three Pulitzers, published Dave Barry, John Katzenbach, and Carl Hiaasen, among others, and invented Miami’s strangest…

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Mystery Writers Find Truth in Fiction

mystery writers have books

By Paul Levine Mystery writers are hit with this question all the time. “Where do you get your ideas?” “I steal them,” I usually reply. Sounds flippant, but it’s true. I’ve often stolen – or borrowed – real people and events for my fictional legal thrillers. My first novel, “To Speak for the Dead,” involved…

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Atticus Finch: Where Are You Now?

Atticus Finch

By Paul Levine Hotshot New York City lawyers frequently defend white-collar criminals, and once in a while, the tables are turned. So it was this week when the bigwigs of a mammoth deep-carpet law firm were indicted for “cooking the books.” No, that’s not the precise charge; it’s what the lawyers themselves called it in emails!…

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Why I Dedicated My Book to an Illegal Alien

Illegal Alien Crossing

“To the woman carrying a rucksack, clutching her child’s hand, and kicking up dust as she scrambled along a desert trail near Calexico, California.” –Dedication of “Illegal” by Paul Levine   The following is true…with some dialogue editing. “Let me get this straight,” the Hollywood producer said. “You dedicated your book to an illegal alien?”…

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