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Raymond Chandler

First Nighter: Amusing "Billy & Ray," Affecting "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Billy & Ray of the vague title Mike Bencivenga gives his play at the Vineyard are Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler.

The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles

Paul Rogers | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Paul Rogers

Los Angeles has changed a lot since Chandler's day when it was just a big dry sunny place with ugly houses and no style, when people slept on porches and lots offering at eleven hundred dollars had no takers.

'Murder 101' A Talk With Faye Kellerman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Faye Kellerman is the bestselling author of 26 novels, 22 of which feature the husband and wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Murder 101 is the twenty-second Decker-Lazarus novel.

A Talk With Michael Connelly

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Michael Connelly's books have been translated into 36 languages and have won many awards. His best known crime fiction series features LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

Quotation Maven Mardy Grothe Never Metaphor He Didn't Like

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If Dr. Mardy Grothe has anything to say about it, your search for the perfect metaphor may be (almost) over. You might say Grothe, who launched the o...

Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.

An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Raymond Khoury

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Last Templar. Born in Lebanon, Raymond and his family were evacuated from Beirut's civil war, and fled to New York when he was 14.

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."

All-Time Oscars: The Eight Best Screenplays and Cinematography Jobs of All Time

Jon Eig | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I figure if the Academy can arbitrarily choose nine Best Picture nominees this year, I can set my numbers wherever I want. So here are the eight best screenplays, and eight best cinematography jobs (OF ALL TIME!).

11 Amazing Thrillers To Read On The Beach

Ariel S. Winter | Posted 10.10.2012 | Books
Ariel S. Winter

If you are looking for a list of crime novels to take to the beach this summer other than the ones on the bestseller list, here are 11 books to consider.

The Perfect Noir: Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity

Network Awesome | Posted 04.29.2012 | Entertainment
Network Awesome

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Raymond Chandler Despised Alfred Hitchcock

Posted 01.11.2012 | Home

The always-fascinating blog Letters of Note has another gem up today -- a letter that deepens the battle of wits between two old greats, Raymond Chand...

10 Pop Culture Quotes: The Santa Ana Winds

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 12.01.2011 | Los Angeles

The legend of the Santa Ana winds has infused both residents and storytellers in Los Angeles for decades. Perhaps most memorably, author Joan Didio...

PHOTOS: Art Inspired By Famous Authors

flavorwire.com | Posted 09.14.2011 | Books

Few headlines will draw our attention faster than “Pin-ups based on Haruki Murakami books.” Little did we know that Super Punch’s post would lea...

Literary Love Letters To Los Angeles

Posted 09.07.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: A while back we did a post on literary love letters to NYC, but we knew at some point we should honor the entertainment capital of...

Literary Late Bloomers: Great Authors Who Took A Little Longer To Get Started (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Not everyone can be a literary prodigy. There are plenty of authors who didn't reach publishing success until mid-life, or later. There's a fantastic...

Aaron Katz warms to Cold Weather

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Reading a mystery, Aaron Katz admits, is a lot easier than writing one. That's what Katz found when, while writing the script for Cold Weather, openi...

Literary Los Angeles: A Bookworm's Guide To The City

AOL Travel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Many writers have brought unique outlooks to their visions of Los Angeles. From classic authors like Raymond Chandler and Joan Didion to modern ones l...

Twain, Salinger, Kafka ...

guardian.co.uk | Nicholas Royle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Their writings help us see in different and remarkable ways the extent to which literature and telephones are in cahoots. When the phone starts ringin...

Classic "Under the Radar" Gangster Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

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Get Shorty: Alan Ladd Remembered at the Academy

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

David Ladd spoke about his father in a curtain talk following the absolutely fantastic screening of The Blue Dahlia at the Academy's summer film noir series.

Survivor: Heroes vs Villains: Double Indumbnity

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Over in Samoa, Jerri, having profited from the use of Candice's disloyalty, now suggested cutting her loose, for being untrustworthy. Excuse me? Show me one Insufferable who is trustworthy.

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.