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: Oscar
Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Brought to you by that expert pulp hound John Locke. Take it away, John: Who knew you could win an Oscar for reading a pulp mag on screen? But here is Tatum … Continue reading
After the tour on the 26th I made it back to my lair in time to catch most of the Oscars ceremony, including the debacle with Best Picture. Pretty funny. Keep Bonnie as far away from Clyde as possible, that’s … Continue reading
I’m not sure how it happens, but I’ve ended up scheduling the first public tour for 2017 for Sunday February 26, meaning I’m bound to miss the start of the Oscar ceremonies. I guess I don’t pay that much attention, … Continue reading
Viewership for the Oscar ceremonies dropped way down this year, according to news on the net — a trend I got in on. People had requested a Hammett tour for the 22nd, so I gumshoed up and hit the mean streets for a … Continue reading
After John Ridley won an Oscar a few weeks ago, I happened to surf into a post covering his activities — lured in by a tagline about a “feud” he had or was having with 12 Years a Slave director Steve … Continue reading
Per my norm of recent years, I hadn’t seen any of the films up for major awards — still haven’t caught up with Argo from last year — but as usual watched the Oscar ceremonies last night anyway. I guess I consider … Continue reading
I’ve got my slideshow talk in Livermore tomorrow, after warming up with the Q&A in Novato the other day. Wow. You can tell when you’re showing a genuine noir classic, because the sky breaks open and cold rain paints everything in shades … Continue reading
In the photo above you have, left to right, Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, as avatared by the great James Hong, veteran of literally hundreds of movie and TV appearances, and supermodel Marisa Miller in her first film. Yep. I said … Continue reading
As I was moping around the web during Oscar season this year a bit of information attracted my attention. I’d no doubt seen the same stats when I looked over Oscar info the previous season, but no bells rang at that time. This … Continue reading