Friday, August 17

Some Loose Lit Links -

Judith Flanders shares some moody background on Benjamin Black, the alter ego of John Banville. I think it might be a mistake to take it too literally, though, since the new Philip Marlowe story would be a Neo-Noir.

# Eve Bowen tells us about a large
compilation of material by the late Edward Gorey.

# Catch a short story by
I.B. Singer at the New Yorker.

# Dark and Stormy Night:
Wretched Writer Winners 2012.


Tuesday, August 14

Are These Streets Still Mean? -

Humphrey Bogart is a hard act
to follow; so is Raymond Chandler . . .

When last we heard of the Private Detective Philip Marlowe, he was being portrayed by Powers Boothe in an old HBO production which was broadcast on a subchannel of one of Florida's public TV stations a couple of years ago.

The news that Irish author John Banville will write another story featuring Marlowe has not pleased everyone. Malcolm Jones thinks it's a terrible idea.

Let's try to be optimistic. There have been numerous "neo-noir" stories which have been very successful. Does anyone really believe this fuss is only about a book? Surely, a movie option is a gleam in someone's eye.

Let's remember some of the more enjoyable examples of this genre: Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, Mulholland Falls, Scam, and Get Shorty.

We wish Banville well with his project.


Monday, August 13

Weekend Browsing -

A case that started in a Miami hotel room in 1986 involving Krishna Maharaj and Derrick Moo Young is the basis for the book Injustice by Clive Stafford Smith, a book about the death penalty in America.

:: Reviewed here by Michael Burleigh.

# The City of Brighton: "To James and Gaylor, these are crime scenes, real and imagined. The imagined can illuminate the real, James says, and can help us better understand ourselves and each other. He says this is why he writes crime novels."

Vicki Barker on the background
:::: of Dead Man's Grip at NPR.

# "Raymond Chandler's estate have chosen John Banville to write a new Philip Marlowe novel... Can John Banville resuscitate Philip Marlowe?"

# Dennis Wheatley goes to war.