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.”
Tag Archives: Allen Ginsberg
Rediscovered: Barlow and Burroughs
Another Autograph Hound Weekend looms before us, this one — like many before — anchored by John Hancocks that have drifted into the mitts of Brian Leno, and will never drift out. Not in this lifetime. Take it, Brian: I’ve … Continue reading
Posted in Lit Tagged Allen Ginsberg, Autographs, Brian Leno, literary suicides, Lovecraft, Robert H. Barlow, Thomas Hart Benton, William S. Burroughs
Frisco Beat: City Lights Hits 60
It’s up against the Hammett Tour I’m doing this coming Sunday with Dashiel (and the ghost of Dashiell, I guess), but what the hell — City Lights Bookstore making it to 60 years on the mean streets is worth a … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit, News, Tour Tagged Allen Ginsberg, City Lights, Jack Kerouac alley, The Cacophony Society, William S. Burroughs
Hammett: The Big 88
My spies out there in the world, always keeping an eye on the news, have alerted me to the latest honor for the author who makes The Dashiell Hammett Tour the rollicking fun ride that it is: Hammett’s Red Harvest has … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Lit, News, SFSC Tagged "Zigzags of Treachery", Allen Ginsberg, Becky London, Ben Franklin, Brian Leno, City Lights, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Jack London, Jan Kerouac, Jo Hammett, John Carter, Library of Congress, literary graves, Randy Shilts, Ray Bradbury, Red Harvest, Zane Grey