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John Michael Brantingham commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever
"That's great. I love all of those you've entered especially Rockford!"
Apr 2, 2013
David DeLee commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever
"Great list John, and I don't have an issue with any of them. And yet, I have so many to add :). You cite a few from the USA network but missed my favorite IN PLAIN SIGHT. As for the Law & Order franchise, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT is another…"
Apr 2, 2013
John Michael Brantingham commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever
"I've always heard of it, of course, but I never saw it. Those who talk about it get a little dreamy describing it."
Apr 1, 2013
Jed Power commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever
"Great list, John. I have to add one more--Perry Mason.  It had the tightest writing, superb directing, best actors (both in leads & the extremely talented secondary actors that populated the series), and the atmosphere was great. In those…"
Apr 1, 2013
John Michael Brantingham commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever
"I could never get into House. I don't know because I love Hugh Laurie. It must have just hit me at the wrong time. I like Poirot, but don't love him. And Foyle's War just about made my list. I really love it."
Mar 31, 2013
Eric Christopherson commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever
"I also adore the new BBC Sherlock. But you couldn't pay me to watch Magnum PI. I prefer: Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren, Foyle's War, set on the English coast during World War Two, Agatha Christie's Poirot (Monk owes…"
Mar 31, 2013
John Michael Brantingham posted a blog post

The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever

Let me start here: I expect you to disagree with me. I expect you to argue.I also expect that there are those out there who are rolling their eyes, thinking that I should be talking about books, not television. But the thing is, when television is done well, I love it, and television has done mystery, crime, suspense, and spy thrillers well, especially well in the last ten years.Below are my top ten -- some are barely known, and some are incredibly well known. As a crime and suspense novelist,…See More
Mar 31, 2013
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Desc. Blurb: Robert Mann is sick of hearing about criminals who get away with murder. He's sick of rapists, drug dealers, and con men. He's sick of the human...
Mar 7, 2013
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"Hello, Am Pamilar, I really want to have a good friendship with you. i have something i want to discuses with you. You can get back to me, directly to my e-mail. frpamilar@yahoo.co.uk Best Regards,"
Jan 13, 2013
John Michael Brantingham posted a blog post

Ten Ducks and a Poet

            My friend Scott once said that bad poets get into language poetry so they can just write the word “duck” on a piece of paper ten times and be done with it.            I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it feels like it.            By way of explaining, language poetry is a movement that started with poets like Gertrude Stein and took off in the 1970s and emphasizes the way words work together instead of meaning.            It’s easy to…See More
Nov 28, 2012
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Nov 22, 2012
John Michael Brantingham commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post Sam Shepard and the Close Talker
"I love Sam Shepard so much. And then when I found out he came from my town, it changed my self perception. THis is when I was a kid."
Nov 22, 2012
Miriam Pia commented on John Michael Brantingham's blog post Sam Shepard and the Close Talker
"It is as difficult to deal with people being in way too close as it is to deal with not being able to get anyone willing to be in close.  Which one is harder depends on who the other person or people are.  I hadn't been away Sam…"
Nov 21, 2012
John Michael Brantingham posted a blog post

Sam Shepard and the Close Talker

I had just finished giving a reading in Long Beach a couple of months ago and was standing a little apart from everyone. It was a hot room, and I’d been wearing a suit and speaking for a long hour, and I think people were giving me a comfortable distance because I am a sweater in the best of times. In the worst, I’m a stick of butter on a hot day. “So you work at Mt. SAC?” someone said behind me. I turned to find a close talker – someone who invades your…See More
Nov 21, 2012
John Michael Brantingham posted a blog post

New Magazines

            Despite the fact that I post on blogs, I’m kind of a Luddite, but I have to say I love what technology is doing for our local writing communities.            It used to be that if someone without a lot of money put out a small magazine, the result they would have terrible production (which was kind of charming) and not a lot of people would know about them. I loved small magazines. It was fun to be one of the few people who read The Chiron Review or The Small Press…See More
Nov 14, 2012
John Michael Brantingham posted a blog post

In My Head, I Can Still Hear the Drums

               Last year, I opened for Officer Problem, a punk band at Pizza Supreme on Nogales in West Covina. I’m a poet, and I’m used to a certain kind of audience, which isn’t exactly refined or entirely quiet, but I’m not running punk shows, after all. And the audiences for punk bands don’t exactly expect poets. They’re all sensitive people, I’m sure, but no one goes to a punk show expecting a large, middle-aged, bearded poet. Too bad. They got me.               But it was a good…See More
Nov 7, 2012

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Hometown:
Walnut, California
About Me:
I am a writer and community college professor in California. My first crime novel, Mann of War, is forthcoming from Oak Tree Press. My book of poetry, East of Los Angeles, is available from Anaphora Literary Press (I have some other that are out of print) and my first book of short stories, Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods, is forthcoming from World Parade Books.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Rex Stout, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Magnum P.I., Monk, Psych

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The Top Ten Mystery Shows Ever Ever Ever

Let me start here: I expect you to disagree with me. I expect you to argue.



I also expect that there are those out there who are rolling their eyes, thinking that I should be talking about books, not television. But the thing is, when television is done well, I love it, and television has done mystery, crime, suspense, and spy thrillers well, especially well in the last ten years.…



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Posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:46am — 6 Comments

Ten Ducks and a Poet

            My friend Scott once said that bad poets get into language poetry so they can just write the word “duck” on a piece of paper ten times and be done with it.

            I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it feels like it.

            By way of explaining, language poetry is a movement that started with poets like Gertrude Stein and took off in the 1970s and emphasizes the way words work together instead of…

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Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:00am

Sam Shepard and the Close Talker

I had just finished giving a reading in Long Beach a couple of months ago and was standing a little apart from everyone. It was a hot room, and I’d been wearing a suit and speaking for a long hour, and I think people were giving me a comfortable distance because I am a sweater in the best of times. In the worst, I’m a stick of butter on a hot day.

 

“So you work at Mt. SAC?” someone said behind me.

 

I turned to find a close…

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Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

New Magazines

            Despite the fact that I post on blogs, I’m kind of a Luddite, but I have to say I love what technology is doing for our local writing communities.

            It used to be that if someone without a lot of money put out a small magazine, the result they would have terrible production (which was kind of charming) and not a lot of people would know about them. I loved small magazines. It was fun to be one of the few people who read The Chiron Review or The Small…

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Posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:00am

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At 1:51am on January 13, 2013, pamilar said…

Hello, Am Pamilar, I really want to have a good friendship with you. i have something i want to discuses with you. You can get back to me, directly to my e-mail. frpamilar@yahoo.co.uk

Best Regards,

At 1:33am on July 17, 2012, Gloria Ferris said…

Hi John. I accept your friend request with pleasure.  Look forward to seeing your posts.

At 3:48pm on September 20, 2011, Pam Hamburg said…

Thank you for friending me :)  I hope to learn a lot from this forum!

 

At 5:07am on September 17, 2011, Sunny Frazier said…

John,

Go over to the Forum and take a look at the conversation thread on literary mysteries. Something you might want to discuss at the Noir conference.

 
 
 

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