What is The Agony Column?
"He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. "Dear me!" said he, turning over the pages, "what a chorus of groans, cries, and bleatings! What a rag-bag of singular happenings! But surely the most valuable hunting-ground that ever was given to a student of the unusual!"
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Red Circle
NEW!!! 04-17-15: Time to Read Episode 201: Erik Larson : Dead Wake
A 2015 Interview with Erik Larson
"...said to have been found in the arms of a dead German sailor..."
— Erik Larson
Erik Larson admitted that he was a bit nervous at the prospect of writing about the sinking of the Lusitania for his latest book, 'Dead Wake.' It's a well-known incident, though I have to say that "sinking of the Lusitania" probably summarized the extent of what I knew about it before reading the book.
A 2015 Interview with Peter Bell
"...I looked up some of the old books..."
— Peter Bell
I met Peter Bell at a lonely pub in the midst of the wilds of Yorkshire; the Lamb Inn. It was overcast, cool and breezy. We were the only customers, sitting in a cozy booth looking out onto the dour day and discussing his stories of life, death and life after death. The Lamb Inn served Black Sheep ale. It could not have been a better setting.
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•A 2015 Interview with Marc Goodman : "...every physical object around us is being transformed, one way or another, into an information technology..."
•A 2015 Interview with William Ury : "...he proceeded to shout at me for approximately 30 minutes..."
•A 2015 Interview with Jennifer Senior : "...it becomes a source of enormous tension once a baby comes along..."