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: Bill Arney
Sure, I guess I could take a picture of the boarded-up window in Sam Spade’s apartment, but it is just so sad and kind of pathetic that I don’t want to add the image to the social media — someone … Continue reading
Michael Soltys — who last showed up here on these mean streets over a year ago with info about Hammett stopping in Key Largo — was first to let me know that the falcon statue on the block at the … Continue reading
The tour group for Sunday the 13th was pretty interesting — of the ten people who showed up ready to walk, slightly more than half seemed to be from Australia, plus we got a guy from Spain, in the burg … Continue reading
Just got a close-to-last-minute note from Bill Arney, telling me that the episode of Cheese Theatre featuring The Last Man on Earth — and our discussion thereof — reruns tonight at 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. If you’re in the … Continue reading
I know that at least one of my regular blog readers waits to watch The Walking Dead until after the season wraps and the DVD/Blu Ray sets appear — which is the way I watch Dexter — so let me do a … Continue reading
Since I forgot to mention my previous appearance on Cheese Theatre in a timely fashion, allow me to give several days advance notice of my next guest spot. This coming Saturday, December 8, 10p.m. Pacific Standard Time, you can watch me … Continue reading
In the words of a Great American Icon, “DOH!!!” Here I’ve been goofing off, not updating the Blog of the Mean Streets and the Eldritch Spheres (and whatever else attracts my interest at the moment — and, yes, I’m still … Continue reading
I took a little break from reading Haefele’s upcoming book on Derleth, Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos to tie in with Bill Arney and shoot a couple of segments of Cheese Theatre for the upcoming third season. Which meant I finally … Continue reading
New article out on Hammett today in The Sacramento Bee, if you want to keep up with what’s trending. The idea — the suggestion — is that Hammett lived in room 505 of what is now the Hotel Union Square, … Continue reading