Category Archives: Frisco

Frisco Beat: When They Renamed Monroe

Brian Wallace just sent me the link to an article about renaming San Francisco streets — with a little section about Monroe Street getting the new moniker of Dashiell Hammett Street. The article writer doesn’t seem to be aware of … Continue reading

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Hammett: “Zigzags of Treachery”

Tom Krabacher let me know that Library of America with their “Story of the Week” recently spotlighted another Op yarn by Hammett — the excellent “Zigzags of Treachery.” Free. A little intro that’s pretty good (if you’ve been around, you … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Joe Memoli Postscript

Following on his longer memoir of Joe Memoli, Larry Belling added a few remarks: Another memory after I moved to New York and got a job in the box office of a theatre downtown:  After a show at the Astor … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: More on Joe Memoli

Who would have thought a casual mention made when I was working up an article on the boxer-poet Floyd Salas would lead to more about Joe Memoli on These Mean Streets — and now, years later, to even more. Just … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Daniel Woodrell, Resident

Terry Zobeck just happened across an article on Hammett and a couple of New Guy writers (new compared to Hammett, at least) in which they eat in John’s Grill, visit Burritt alley — the things one does in Frisco. For … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Arcane Arkham Arch-Collectors Corner No. 3

A few weeks ago I mentioned a couple of ephemera pieces done by Arkham House authors to promote their Arkham House books. Since the publishing firm had nothing to do with them, we experts on Arkham House ephemera don’t number … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Chatting with Joe Gores

Crime writer Mark Coggins just wrote with the news: “I finally transcribed my (long) interview with Joe Gores about the Falcon from 2007.” Sure to be a surfing destination for Hammett fans. Plus Mark mentions that a recent book has … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Working the Hammett Hangout in the Days of Coronavirus

A.k.a. not working. Just heard a GoFundMe page is up for the employees of John’s Grill, 63 Ellis Street, where Sam Spade grabs a meal in The Maltese Falcon. Tide them over until those noir doors open again.

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Frisco Beat: Portable Storage Three

Bill Breiding seems to have slipped into a fanac groove, just Pubbing His Ish under the title Portable Storage Three. Five bucks if you don’t get it for the usual — actually a good deal these days, because he’s piled … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Mrs. Gertrude (Francis Stevens) Bennett

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday — and noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook is back to commemorate the passing of another of his favorite authors, 72 years ago today: Gertrude Barrows Bennett was born on September 18, 1884 in Minneapolis, but she … Continue reading

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