Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lawrence Walsh, Iran-Contra Prosecutor, Dies at 102

 Mr. Walsh's obituary, in The New York Times, concludes with a compelling quote:

In his book, Mr. Walsh said that he had found a model for his time as independent counsel in the Iran-contra case in Ernest Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea,” in which a fisherman labors long and hard to catch a marlin. When he does, he lashes it to the side of his skiff, only to have sharks strip the flesh before he gets to shore.

“As the independent counsel, I sometimes felt like the old man,” he wrote. “More often I felt like the marlin.”

Thursday, March 6, 2014

“The Black-Eyed Blonde," By Benjamin Black

This new Philip Marlowe novel is by Benjamin Black (a/k/a John Banville).  I'm looking forward to reading it.

Here is a New York Times review of the book, by Janet Maslin: