Author Archives: Don

Tour: Journal of the Plague Year

2020, without question, a great year for binge-watching — but taking a moment to think about it, I don’t believe I did any more bingeing than usual (which is to say I am a binge-master, the only trick is tracking … Continue reading

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Hammett: More Jeopardy!

And Hammett-based clews continue to pop up on Jeopardy! as if in a noir salutation to the passing of Alex Trebek. On December 28 the rerun episode titled “Around the World with Alex: Journey Through Israel” (originally broadcast November 23, … Continue reading

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Hammett: Non-Stop Jeopardy!

Holy cow. It isn’t just one Hammett clew every month or few months, it is a damn barrage. Yesterday, Friday Dec 18 — S37 E70 — in the Double Jeopardy round. $2000 clew. Category: Literature: This playwright’s “The Children’s Hour” … Continue reading

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Hammett: And Another Jeopardy! Clew in the Trebek Era

Man, the Jeopardy! Hammett clews are coming out fast and furious, like hot lead from a Tommy gun. Yesterday, Wednesday 12/16/20 — S37 E68 — as the last few final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek work their way on air … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Charles Saunders Publication History Moment

Very casually, I’ve begun to poke around looking for content for a LitCrit MegaPack or two, starting by going through Word doc files to see what I have available. Many of my essays pre-date Word doc’ing (and will require the … Continue reading

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Hammett: Three Silver Eyes

And today Evan Lewis pops up three more newsprint appearances for the excellent Hammett yarn “The Girl with the Silver Eyes.” A primo example of the casework of the Continental Op. Evan writes: This final feature focusing on The Girl … Continue reading

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Hammett: Middle Name Dashiell

Aha! Hammett makes the cut yet again for Jeopardy! — in one of the run of final episodes hosted by Alex Trebek. Nice. On 11/30/2020 — aka yesterday — in the first round. $200 clew. Category: Authors’ Middle Names That … Continue reading

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Hammett: The Big Knockover, Brazilian Style

Woke to an update from Terry Zobeck, always keeping an eye peeled for any Hammett news or anything like Hammett news. Has anyone read the magnificent The Big Knockover who won’t see its real life echoes in the link he … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: Barbing Up Jeopardy!

Barbarianing, that is. Two-Gun Bob Howard of Cross Plains, Texas has been easing onto the Jeopardy! scene in recent years, in a category here, a category there. When he made the cut for Famous Bobs, you knew he was in … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: DICK HARDBOILED

Hey. Turkey Day. Not quite Xmas. It starts later than Xmas. If you haven’t seen it before, some folk turned me on to “The Adventures of DICK HARDBOILED in Neo Noir Dark Noir City.” Some funny lines. Only a few … Continue reading

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