Lee Lofland’s list of common mistakes writers make about police work

Writers, read and heed this list of common mistakes writers make about police investigations, from Lee Lofland, retired homicide detective and author of Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers (Writers Digest Books), who keeps us honest on his blog, The Graveyard Shift. I talk about some of this in my common mistakes talk — particularly the difference between state and federal crimes — but Lee gives it the cop-on-the-street perspective.

One More Reason I Love Justice Breyer

From NPR’s Morning Edition, Book News:

  • “Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks about Marcel Proust and how reading fiction can engender empathy in a wide-ranging French interview in La Revue des Deux Mondes,which was translated into English and published in The New York Review of Books. Breyer says that: “Reading makes a judge capable of projecting himself into the lives of others, lives that have nothing in common with his own, even lives in completely different eras or cultures. And this empathy, this ability to envision the practical consequences on one’s contemporaries of a law or a legal decision, seems to me to [be] a crucial quality in a judge.””