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Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- Meet Jake Lassiter

Paul Levine | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Paul Levine

Funny thing is, just as with Spenser and Travis McGee, Jake never seemed that hard-boiled to me. Oh, there's the occasional tough-guy line: "They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim."

Dashiell Hammett at Film Noir Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 03.26.2012 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

The Film Noir Festival currently underway at the Castro Theater in San Francisco concludes Sunday with a tribute to Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and other classic works of detective and crime fiction.

Sexpert Susie Bright: The Novel I Read a Million Jillion Times

Susie Bright | Posted 11.08.2011 | Books
Susie Bright

How did reading get to be such a faster-pussycat-hurry-up activity? We listen to favorite songs over and over without apology or distraction. They make us feel good, no explanation necessary. But with books, there's this myth that it takes a "long time".

LA's Secret Pleasures

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

One of the secret pleasures of living in Los Angeles is its vibrant and mostly unheralded theater scene.

Reuniting Ray and Cissy

Mark Coggins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coggins

Raymond Chandler, who along with Dashiell Hammett perfected the American hardboiled detective novel, died a lonely man. A mere seventeen people attended his funeral.

Film Noir, at Its Noirest

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

There are plenty of films out there that make us hopeful about life and living. Film noir is a guilty pleasure where we witness the denizens of society's bottom rungs stamping on each other's feet for a higher, safer position.

A Grouch's Guide to Un-Christmas Books

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

An un-Christmas book takes place at Christmastime, but its tone, story and subject matter have nothing to do with the season. It provides perfect cover when the Noël nags accuse you of being a holiday poop.