Author Archives: Don

Rediscovered: Michael Connelly’s Earliest John Hancock

In a book of his crime fiction, that is. Welcome to Autograph Hound Super-Sunday the Second! A couple of months ago I stopped into the book-haunted quarters in the American Southwest where Dennis McMillan currently is making his lair. Probably … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Kevin Cook on Full Auto

And Kevin Cook — noted pulp and book collector — couldn’t resist sending in some remarks on the subject of autographs. I’m fairly sure Brian Leno has a bigger auto collection, but when it comes to pulp era signers, Kevin may … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Edwin Baird Inscription

It’s Autograph Hound Saturday again, and we all know the biggest Autograph Hound making paw prints on These Mean Streets is none other than Brian Leno. Given this opportunity to display a few of the John Hancocks in his trove, … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: The Full Belknapius

Then again, I could start a regular Autograph Hound Super-Sunday feature. . . . Brian Leno’s mention yesterday that he picked up his Alfred Galpin/Frank Belknap Long item from the Necronomicon Press catalog of Long’s last library reminded me of something. Leno isn’t … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Galpinius and Mrs. Galpinius

Every now and then I think I ought to start a regular feature like some blogs do — call it, in imagination, Autograph Hound Saturdays. And only because I know that Arch-Autograph Hound Brian Leno, whose holdings I’m sure could … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood

Our pal from Brooklyn Nathan Ward is kind of going nuts with Wild West stuff recently, and naturally he watched the new Deadwood movie, which led to some somber musings about the show being juggled differently, so Keith Carradine as Will … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: John Law, a.k.a. The Signman

In a couple of weeks a three-month-long exhibit opens up covering some of John Law’s activities over the past four decades. Signman: John Law in the Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, premiering June 7. You’ve got your art signage as … Continue reading

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Hammett: 125 Big Ones

On this final Monday of the month, a.k.a. Memorial Day, you might give a moment to ponder the birth of Dashiell Hammett 125 years ago, May 27, 1894. Snuck up on me. One hundred-and-twenty-five years, gone, just like that. Probably … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Dodging Apache Torture and Other Incidents of a Life Fully Lived

You know Brian Leno, mention stuff like Edgar Rice Burroughs and the disconcerting torture techniques of the Apache, and instantly he starts thinking about Frederick Russell Burnham. Doesn’t everyone? Here’s Brian with some thoughts for today: Recently I read A Splendid Savage: … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Night Moves

Matthew Asprey Gear’s previous film tome piled up over 300 pages covering the career of Orson Welles, but this year he’s taking it easy with a monograph half that length. Got to appreciate the guys sitting around knocking out monographs. … Continue reading

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