Tag Archives: Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler’s Not-So-Simple Art of Murder

As you splendid readers might – or more likely might not – remember, the hardworking staff waxed nostalgic the other day about the great hardboiled writer Raymond Chandler and his trademark essay, The Simple Art of Murder. We subsequently re-read Chandler’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Present: Chandler’s ‘The Simple Art of Murder’

Splendid reader Bill sent this response to our recent Grammer Is My Business post about the new book The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words. Chandler’s essay “the Simple Art of Murder” is the best essay on any … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler Watch: Grammar Is My Business

The hardtalking staff is a longtime lover of the works of Dasheill Hammett and Raymond Chandler, who we’ve always thought of as the Homer and Virgil, respectively, of pulp fiction. Now comes a new book, The World of Raymond Chandler: … Continue reading

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Herald Goes Double ‘Dutch’

The Boston Herald devotes two pages today to remembrances of the great Elmore Leonard, who died yesterday at age 87. Start with the Associated Press obituary, which begins “He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the … Continue reading

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A Slice Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

So awhile back a Papa Gino’s Express installed itself in Brookline Village, the latest chapter in the neighborhood’s upscale-downscale tug of war. (See also: Pomodoro, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and etc.) Last month PGE, as no one calls it, handed out … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Sam Spade Jr.

Joe Gores was the son Dashiell Hammett never had. An accomplished mystery writer in his own right, Gores devoted two books to channeling the father of hard-boiled detective fiction: the  1975 novel Hammett, and the 2009 prequel to The Maltese … Continue reading

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California Goes From Gimbels To Lohan

Monday Wall Street Journal op-ed piece: California: The Lindsay Lohan of States Lede: Listen up, California. The other 48 states—your cousin New York excluded—are sick of your bratty arrogance. You’re the Lindsay Lohan of states: a prima donna who once … Continue reading

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