Author Archives: Don

Hammett: High Ticket

I don’t keep close track, but I am well aware prices on first editions of Hammett’s novels have jumped into the big money — kicked off by the legendary 1981 auction of the Adrian Goldstone crime fiction collection here in … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Back to the Tenderloin Museum

I’ll be hitting the Tenderloin Museum once again on July 13 — hey, just three days before their second anniversary on July 16 — to talk Dashiell Hammett for awhile. Hammett, pretty much the most famous writer to have made … Continue reading

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Hammett: It’s Almost Like Clockwork. . .

Yesterday Jeopardy! dropped Hammett back into their clew stew in the Jeopardy Round, in the “toughest” slot — $1000 — in the category Literary Hodgepodge: Dashiell Hammett dedicated “The Thin Man” to this fellow writer and longtime love The contestant … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: He Was a Contenda

Eighty-one years ago today the Texas pulpster Robert E. Howard killed himself at the age of thirty. To commemorate the date, let’s bring Brian Leno back into the ring to talk about one of Howard’s predictions on boxing, one of … Continue reading

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Hollywood Beat: When Chandler Was Home

Brian Wallace popped me the news that Raymond Chandler’s home in La Jolla — given how often he moved around, kind of his main lair — is up for serious renovation and the addition of a second story. If that … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Bruce Townley’s Oblong

To clarify the title, I’m not saying that Bruce Townley is oblong, I’m talking about Bruce’s zine Oblong. If interested, you can surf over to a file of PDF issues and amuse yourself with the content until you’ve had enough, … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Lon Chaney’s The Penalty

When I met the mysterious CitySleuth he mentioned that he was working on finding San Francisco location shooting for the Lon Chaney flick The Penalty from 1920 — one of my favorites, with Chaney in one of his greatest roles as the legless … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Bill Breiding Omnibus

Pretty much the last thing I might have expected to roll in would have been an omnibus — under the banner of Rose Motel — of Bill Breiding’s “Fanzine Pieces 1980-2014.” Years pass and I don’t hear from Bill, then Bingo. … Continue reading

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Tour: Sunday June 11

In the pic above, The Dashiell Hammett Tour of that moment stands on the northwest corner of O’Farrell and Larkin, taking in the perfect 1920s blocks rolling down O’Farrell to the east (until you get to The Hamilton, a large … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Lewis Mania Continues. . .

Evan Lewis leads off his post today with the image above, a bronze figurine of Bogart as Spade that sold at an auction of Lauren Bacall’s stuff two years ago for $16,250 — compared to the loot hauled in from sales … Continue reading

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