Chandler to Hitchcock: ‘A Flabby Mass of Cliches” & Much More

“Every few pages, [David Sloan]Wilson presents us with a nugget of information so crisply and accessibly put that, unless you are in the Sarah Palin demographic of incuriosity, you will, I promise, find it fascinating.” A review of Wilson’s The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time.

Raymond Chandler to Alfred Hitchcock: “What I cannot understand is your permitting a script which after all had some life and vitality to be reduced to such a flabby mass of clichés, a group of faceless characters, and the kind of dialogue every screen writer is taught not to write—the kind that says everything twice and leaves nothing to be implied by the actor or the camera.” Here.

Why do these people make films? A review of Sam Benjamin’s memoir American Gangbang.

Donato Carrisi offers background on his literary mystery The Whisperer. Here. Plus a review of the book.  Here.

Interview with Michelle Shephard (Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone). Here.

Interview with Alan Bennett (Smut). Here.

Interview with Shalom Auslander (Hope: A Tragedy). Here. Plus a review of the novel. Here.

Q&A with Jeannette Seaver, widow of publisher Richard Seaver, whose posthumous memoir The Tender Hour of Twilight: Paris in the ’50s, New York in the ’60s: A Memoir of Publishing’s Golden Age is just out. Seaver was one of the modern giants of literary publishing.  Here.

Cullen Murphy (God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World) traces water boarding and extraordinary rendition back to the Inquisition. Here.

Lovely piece by Madison Smartt Bell (The Color of Night) on a writer’s dream city.  Here.

Hatchet job of the year? You decide.  Here.

What a bookstore hoot! Watch here.

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