It’s Thursday link time again. It’s a quiet time of year, media-wise. The big, loud movies have all come out, the Oscar-bait hasn’t yet released. TV is just willowy women in glasses nodding at blandly handsome men using those giant touch-controlled computer screens on CBS crime shows (why do all they all have those screens?), while better shows wait in the wings.

It’s a real sit-and-wait time. So mainly I have forward-looking links for you, but a few cover old favorites (did John B. really have mercury poisoning?). Either way you’re looking these last weeks of summer, I hope I’m giving you something worthwhile to pass the time.


WaPo offers a neat overview of some of TV’s better-quality crime shows coming in the fall lineup.


Let’s consider a Tale of Two Death Wishes.

In 1974, audiences went wild for Charles Bronson as a lone vigilante wiping the scum off the streets. New Yorkers, in particular identified with the vision of their city—at that time suffering from much higher crime rates than its citizens (including me) do now.

Now, not only with a much safer New York City (I saw a guy park an unlocked bike share bike in front of a matcha place using only its kickstand and calmly sipping tea today), but much, much more evolved views on systemic poverty, police brutality, racial profiling, and, well, Trump, GQ argues this is really, really (no, really) not the right time. (I agree)


We’ve mentioned Netflix’s exciting, new show (at least it looks that way), Mindhunter, coming this fall, but if you’d like to jump in ahead of time, you can read more about the book on which it was based—or just read the book (it’s good).


It feels like forever since S-Town (OK, it was only spring), but if you find your mind drifting back to that story’s main players, The New York Times is here with some fill-in-the-gap information and updates.



  • I was among the many critics who had serious concerns with the film Detroit. Here, Longreads offers a host of links that offer a broader picture of the events that occurred in the film, as well as some that frame the film’s principle incident within historical context.
  • “In late February 1939, roughly 22,000 people gathered at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for a rally, which included a 50-member drum and bugle corps and a color guard of more than 60 flags.” It’s not what you think.
  • Not crime, but a fascinating look at what’s next in death.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back Tuesday with a look at the art of crime. Or maybe the crime in art.

Featured Image: Netflix