Monday, August 31, 2009

Uncommon Wisdom #21

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  1. Hammett’s personal despair had invaded his fiction. Style came to matter to him overly. Years later, the author Norman Mailer observed this tendency. “I had considerable respect for Dash,” Mailer wrote Lillian Hellman in the late seventies, “but not because he would often refuse to face into knotty problems and would instead dismiss them by an exercise of his personal style.” In “The Glass Key,” among the features of Ned Beaumont’s personal code is “never wear silk socks with tweeds.”
    --Joan Mellen, "Dashiell Hammett Lecture,"

  2. If you love it Kathleen, it MUST be good!