July 13th, 2004

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Solving mysteries

"Our own secret text gives its color, clue and climax to our life affairs".--Emma Curtis Hopkins

I'm a huge believer in the puzzle mystery, the Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie classics in which the clues (and red herrings, and all too often, herringbone jackets and half-opened sardine tins) insert themselves into the narrative like so many schooling salmon in a rapidly rolling stream. I like the way that the mental hypnosis of the form permits the experienced reader to solve the mystery with what seems like a subconscious flair.

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