I've been really bad lately about updating sources for my Kirkus columns in a timely manner.
As I've been writing this column, I've been playing with a couple of variables: 1) writing about a topic that's interesting to me, but also interesting to a wider audience, if anything, for some of that 'secret history' knowledge. 2) Tying it in with other things in the news, such as a movie or television show. 3) Filling in a vital gap in the history that I've been stringing together.
The latest two columns are on Edward Ellis, who helped to pioneer the 'Dime Novel', which was a pretty important forerunner to the pulp magazines and the stories that in turn, inspired things like Amazing Stories and so forth.