Monthly Archives: March 2019

Tour: Some Media No More

Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon — and who knows?, maybe for the rest of your life — the Some Media clump in the banner above is going to disappear. Every few years I dink around with the … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Anniversary 101 for Stan McNail

As it turned out, the first installment of my short-lived review column for Lit, a literary supplement for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, hit print in May 1995 — timing that allowed me to wrap up the piece with a … Continue reading

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Hammett: Zobeck v. Otto

Just got a note from Terry Zobeck commenting on the auction of Hammett titles from the library of Otto Penzler. Terry reports: “I lost out on that Red Harvest—I went as high as $70,000 but had to stop when my … Continue reading

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Hammett: Chump Change

Evan Lewis, my de facto reporter on the ground for news of the auction of books from the Otto Penzler collection — which is to say, I’m never going to bother to follow something like that, whereas Evan is covering it like … Continue reading

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Death Lit: Is It Noir or Is It Dark?

Had another review pop to life. If you want to surf over and give it the old gander, feel free. I figure this one, more or less, is maybe 80% of what I sent in/intended. The intro by Lawrence Block, … Continue reading

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Hammett: A Paperback for Lillian Hellman

Apparently a large chunk out of Otto Penzler’s personal collection is going on the block over the next year or two. I know this news because A) it is public information, no black cats out of the bag or anything, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Machen, One, Two, Three

As I was saying, every few years now I bump into Alan Gullette, most recently a couple of weeks ago. Don’t know how many years had passed between that encounter and the previous one. But that’s the reason I’m aware … Continue reading

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