Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Four for Four(th)

On this, the Fourth of July, I offer up four links for your reading pleasure.

Link the First is an interview about tattoos I did with Toe Six Press. (For those who don't know, I have several—ten, to be specific, though some required multiple sittings and others have been added to over the years, which makes that number somewhat misleading.)

Link the Second is a delightful review of RED RIGHT HAND, courtesy of The Crime Warp.

Link the Third is my lovely and talented wife's interview with Tomi Adeyemi, author of the utterly engrossing runaway bestseller CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, for Publishers Weekly.

Link the Fourth is (appropriately enough) the full text of the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Second Continental Congress on this date in 1776. If you haven't read it since grade school, give it a gander. It's a truly moving document, if a product of its time—simultaneously inspiring in its potential and a reminder of how far we've come. This (lightly edited) quote encapsulates both perfectly:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Happy birthday, America. May we one day live up to the idea of you.