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: Geary Street
Two-Gun Bob: A Quick Meditation on Arriving Too Late on the Scene
Another factor in hitting the Second Sunday fan gathering was that Tom Krabacher — an academic of many years standing, but also a longtime fan (he’s planning on doing a Dum Dum next year for Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts) — … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, REH Tagged Brian Leno, Doom Patrol, Geary Street, Glenn Lord, John D. Haefele, Kim Thanh, Lovecraft, Morgan Holmes, S.T. Joshi, Second Sunday, Tom Krabacher
Tour: Some (Semi-Complicated) October Walks
Shot above: standing on the n.e. corner of Geary and Mason for a tour by appointment with Sisters in Crime, Saturday August 5, 2017. Looking west out Geary, the old Geary Theatre looming above the first red car. . . … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged "Whosis Kid", Blanco's, Geary Street, Geary Theatre, Larkin Street, Mason Street, Olive Street, Sisters-in-Crime, Tenderloin
Frisco Beat: Stanley C. Sargent
Counting down to the showing of Lon Chaney’s The Penalty in the Old Mint next Thursday — which I chalk up as one of the successful ideas I pitched to the Tenderloin Museum when they were asking what other programs … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Lit Tagged Fritz Leiber, Geary Street, Hyde Street, Pat Lupoff, Richard A. Lupoff, Stan McNail, Stan Sargent, Tenderloin Museum
Rediscovered: Biography Month Once More on These Mean Streets
What ho, it is Biography Month once again on Up and Down These Mean Streets — last time I did one was July 2012. The new bio of Jim Tully was a big excuse that time, and no doubt the … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, Lit, News Tagged 620 Eddy, 811 Geary, Donald Sidney-Fryer, Fritz Leiber, Geary Street, Hyde Street, Jim Tully, Leo Grin, M. P. Shiel, Miriam Allen DeFord, Morgan Holmes, Musso & Frank, Nathan Ward, PulpFest, Saigon Sandwich, Saroyan, Stan McNail, Stan Sargent, Tenderloin Museum, Terry Zobeck, William Vollmann
Frisco Beat: “Cairo’s Hotel” Grabs a New Alias
In the latest and greatest edition of The Dashiell Hammett Tour book, I advance a new theory about why the various fictitious hotels in The Maltese Falcon picked up their names — one of several fresh litcrit wrinkles I toss in, … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, News Tagged Geary Street, Hammett Tour Book, Hotel Bellevue, Hotel Belvedere, Hotel Marker, Hotel Monaco
Tour: October 23
Okay, another chance to put some wear on your gumshoes — a Hammett Tour open to anyone who wants to show up, noon, Sunday October 23. The usual. Four hours. Ten bucks. Rain or shine.
Posted in Tour Tagged Geary Street, Ha-Ra Bar