28 August 2017
I hope everyone is doing well this late summer evening. For my fellow Houstonians and Texans, I am praying for your health and safety.
For everyone not surrounded by a newly formed lake, the mayor of Houston has created a hurricane relief fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Your donation is tax-deductible and greatly needed.
I cannot endorse GHCF from my personal experience, but that is where city officials prefer donations go.
Turning now to blog news…
Kenneth Ackerman is a Mensch
For those of you not lucky enough to have discovered the joys of Yiddish, according to Google, “Mensch: n., a person of integrity and honor.”
It takes a lot to open yourself up to criticism. It takes even more to respond to criticism with grace and class.
And for that capacity, Kenneth Ackerman ought to be acknowledged.
In my review of Mr. Ackerman’s Trotsky in New York 1917, I noted an error that, to my obsessive grad student eyes, seemed rather glaring.
Mr. Ackerman reached out to me, thanked me for catching the error, and promised it would be amended in the next edition of the book. You can view our exchange at the top of the comments section of the original review.
I’m Thinking of Selling My Soul
Or putting ads on my blog, depending on your point of view.
This is a one-woman show that started because I love true crime, cultural criticism, and writing. I even think I’m a little bit good at it. The writing and criticism, not the crime part.
I’ve never committed a crime. I swear.
You can only top doing things for love with doing the same things for love and money.
While it would be my desire to keep ads off particularly sensitive posts, such as active missing persons cases, WordAds automatically places ads on all posts. My solution to this is to promise that I will never charge family and friends of missing persons, or victims of unsolved crimes, for an outreach post on my blog. If I am able to see how much money is generated by an individual post, the proceeds from ads on those pages will go to search efforts or a charity chosen by the relevant parties.
Original Content Coming Right Up
My decision to sign up for WordPress’s ad program now is because I feel comfortable enough to share enough of my original writing with you. The response I got to the story of my madcap drive down to D.C. inspired me to make that leap.
Stay tuned for more funny stories about my otherwise delightfully average life, poetry that I promise wasn’t written by me during my middle school Goth phase, assorted fiction, and reflections on current events. Of course, I will keep the book and TV reviews coming.
I hope you’ll join me for the journey.
Boring Yet Important Copyright Stuff
With the exception of some duly-cited historical photos from the public domain, all words and images on this blog are produced by me.
While I am the offspring of lawyers, I am not a lawyer, so I will refer you now to the lovely copyright language provided by WordPress:
© Allison R. Shely and True Crime Librarian, 2016-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Allison R. Shely (alias “the Librarian” and “L”) and True Crime Librarian with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
I’m sure none of you lovely people needed that reminder, but I’ll put it in the website footer just for good measure.
Please don’t alienate me from my labor more than is necessary.