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: January 2014
Sinister Cinema: Too Late for Tears
Another year of Noir City — without the usual bleak noir rain — opens in the Castro Theatre tonight, with a specially restored 35mm print of the Roy Huggins film Too Late for Tears. Dennis McMillan and I were thinking … Continue reading
Posted in DMac, Film, Frisco, News Tagged Castro Theatre, Contrappasso, Howard Browne, Noir City, Roy Huggins, Too Late for Tears
Posse McMillan: Contrappasso Noir
Dennis McMillan has been buzzing through the area lately — you’ll remember he got his car with Kansas plates stolen as an early Xmas present — and a few weeks later he got the ticket for his stolen car running … Continue reading
Frisco Beat: Doggie Diner Heads Defying Entropy!
What do you know, but they’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going to restore the roving pack of Doggie Diner heads to refurbished glory — just like they did for the Doggie out near the entrance to the Zoo several years … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, News, SFSC Tagged Cacophony Society, Castro Theatre, Chuck Palahniuk, Doggie Diner, Fight Club, John Law, Zippy the Pinhead
Hammett: And (More) Chandler
Yesterday was the 78th anniversary of the one time we know of that Hammett met Chandler, commemorated by the LA Times — and with a few tidbits added in by me for the Mean Streets crowd. Now Terry Zobeck pops in … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Lit, News Tagged "The SImple Art of Murder", Atlantic Monthly, LA Times, Mary Jane Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Terry Zobeck
Rediscovered: When Hammett Met Chandler
Vince Emery just popped me a link to an LA Times article covering the one time Hammett and Chandler met at the dinner for Black Mask writers — nicely documented by the famous photo — 78 years ago today. Hop … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Lit, News Tagged "The SImple Art of Murder", Black Mask, Bogie, Jo Hammett, LA Times, Raymond Chandler, Ricardo Cortez, Vince Emery