Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mort: Philip Rahman

When I headed out for the tour on July 23, I knew it was birthday number 123 for Raymond Chandler, courtesy a quick blurb on The Rap Sheet. The media at large was covering the discovery of Amy Winehouse’s body earlier that … Continue reading

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Hammett: “Ruffian’s Wife”

Guest Blogger Terry Zobeck returns with another post about the edits Frederic Dannay made while collecting Hammett’s short stories into paperback format decades ago. I notice he drops the name James Sandoe for the first time on this site — … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: On Hammett Street

Okay, I told you that the misspelled sign for Dashiell Hammett Street got fixed and here’s proof, courtesy a group by appointment that walked the walk on July 23 and lugged along cameras. The new sign doesn’t feature the smaller inset name … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Shadow of PulpFest

What do you think, in the photo above shot on the May 8, 2011 tour, I look more like The Shadow and Mike Chomko, swathed in blue, looks more like Superman, right? My hands float, missing the comforting weight of fully-loaded … Continue reading

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891 Post: Tub Shot

Although he left the Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post Street a couple of years ago — after a long and distinguished tenure — Bill Arney returned earlier this year for a guest-starring role, letting a tour group in to … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Dashiell Hammett Street Again!

I wasn’t watching every second, so can’t say exactly when it happened, but as of last night I noticed that the street sign pictured above — the infamous incorrect spelling of both Dashiell and Hammett that has been up on the … Continue reading

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Hammett: More 891

And how about a quick Guest Blog from none other than Bill Arney, host of Cheese Theatre, but best known around Hammett circles as the longtime resident of the Hammett and Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post Street? Bill finally … Continue reading

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Hammett: “One Hour”

Guest Blogger Terry Zobeck returns with another look into the edits made by Fred Dannay, and this time finds that the blue pencil smote lightly back in 1944! Plus he discovers yet another “pure text” Hammett story available in a modern … Continue reading

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Tour: Last Day of the Month

  Anyone interested, with an extra tenspot to burn and four hours to spare, can show up for The Dashiell Hammett Tour at noon on Sunday July 31 — no reservations needed or taken. If you’re not there, I can’t … Continue reading

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Death Lit: More on Parker

Terry Zobeck and I have been working behind the scenes to polish up some of his “pure texts” posts, in particular his first shot at it for “This King Business.” Looking it over again, Terry realized he’d left any changes … Continue reading

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