In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Sinister Cinema: The Walking Dead, Spookified or Pookified?
Halloween again, and I ought to be deep in the midst of The Walking Dead mania — watching the new episode as soon as it airs, then The Talking Dead, then maybe a repeat of the new episode later on (or … Continue reading
Posted in Film Tagged Daryl Dixon, Dawn of the Dead, Heroes, Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead, Zombie Apocalypse
Sinister Cinema: What Ever Happened to Lee Van Cleef?
Okay, you keystroke the term Spaghetti Western, you’re pretty much going to start thinking about Lee Van Cleef. How could you not? After prepping the post about La Cuidad Maldita, Van Cleef’s image drifted to mind, one thing led to another, and … Continue reading
Hammett: Some Spaghetti with that Western, Please
As I was just saying in my last post, a guy from Spain came out on the tour and mentioned that Hammett’s novel Red Harvest had been made as a Spaghetti Western — and, no, he wasn’t talking about A … Continue reading
Sinister Cinema: Cheese for Halloween
The tour group for Sunday the 13th was pretty interesting — of the ten people who showed up ready to walk, slightly more than half seemed to be from Australia, plus we got a guy from Spain, in the burg … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News, Tour Tagged 891 Post, Bill Arney, Cheese Theatre, John Stanley, Laurel Arney, literary homes, Mike Humbert, The Last Man on Earth
Hollywood Beat: RIP Ed Lauter
Just heard that the prolific character actor Ed Lauter died yesterday — and RIP. He topped over 200 screen or TV credits, and I bet I have seen somewhere between a fourth and half of those, at least, many of the … Continue reading
Posted in Film, News Tagged Ed Lauter, Musso & Frank, Psych
Frisco Beat: Living in Hammett Street
The blurb on the 25th anniversary of the literary streets attracted Bruce Dettman’s attention, and he popped me a note about how he once lived in 20 Monroe Street, now 20 Dashiell Hammett Street, one-time digs of Hammett himself. Bruce … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, Tour Tagged 891 Post, Bruce Dettman, Dashiell Hammett Street, literary homes, literary streets, Monroe Street
Hammett: The Hunter and Other Stories
Official release date is next month, but you can start licking your chops now if you want — finally, a collection gathering the little trove of mostly unpublished Hammett short stories that has been in the holdings of the Ransom … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Humanities Research Center, PW, The Hunter and Other Stories
Frisco Beat: And the Speakers Are
The celebration for the 25th anniversary of the literary streets is on for 2 p.m. in Jack Kerouac alley, next to City Lights, on Sunday October 6. The roster of speakers (five minutes each, max, or so I’m told) will … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged City Lights, George Sterling, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary streets