Category Archives: News

Rediscovered: Chandler and the Great War

Brian Wallace lets me know about news popping in scattered corners of the noir universe. I suspect he thinks I’m too lazy to look for the stuff myself, and if so, he isn’t wrong. For many long years I have operated under the … Continue reading

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Mort: Gus Konstin

And Brian Wallace just popped me the sad news from the San Francisco Chronicle that Gus Konstin — owner of John’s Grill — has died. Under Gus’s tenure, the grill set up the various tributes to Hammett, in celebration of … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Willeford’s Pick-Up, from Cult to Canon

Just got a notice that the Library of America eBook of Pick-Up — usually tagged at $6.99 — is yours for $2.99 for two weeks. You’ll have to figure out the hoops you need to jump through to grab the … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Heresy

In February, when I was generally distracted, the publisher Vince Emery passed along a link to a Hollywood Reporter article on the possible or upcoming movie of the Charles Willeford novel The Burnt Orange Heresy. Who knows if it’ll make it … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Cowboy Elmore

Our pal Nathan Ward is keeping his hand in with this and that, after knocking out his bio of Hammett way back in 2015. Mean Streets Up and Downers no doubt will be interested in reading a blurb he just … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: John D. Haefele on the Prowl

With the raw bulk of his book on Lovecraft turned in and awaiting editing, our pal John D. Haefele already is poking around on his next book, August Derleth of Arkham House, meanwhile feeding tidbits of his research out to … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Couple of Footnotes

Yesterday, when I mentioned the death of Stan Sargent on March 6, I definitely was thinking what a fatal month March often is — so much so I plan on keeping my head down in an attempt to squeak through … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Lon Chaney Hits the Old Mint Again!

If you’ve ever caught the 1920 Lon Chaney silent flick The Penalty, you no doubt remember the sequence where Lon and his mob are looting the Old Mint on the corner of Fifth and Mission. On Thursday March 29 — and, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Me and Willeford in a Comic Book

Brian Van Gold of Oakland just did a little homegrown comic book featuring me and Willeford — mostly Willeford. I show up in a one-page anecdote illustrating the time Willeford informed me that All Great Literature is Depressing. I think this … Continue reading

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Hammett: In the Clew-Pile for 2018

Didn’t notice any Hammett clewing for the new season of Jeopardy! that kicked in toward the end of last year — though I did notice they had an entire category devoted to PKD recently. Man, Hammett and/or Hammett and the … Continue reading

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