Dash Hammett on Crime Writing

Dashiell Hammett on writing crime fiction  (The Brooklyn Eagle Magazine, 1929): What I try to do is write a story about a detective rather than a detective story. Keeping the reader fooled until the last, possible moment is a good trick and I usually try to play it, but I can't attach more than secondary importance to it. The... Continue Reading

Will we learn?

The crucial question of our time: Will we learn from this coronavirus self-isolation and slow-down in our economy and whirlwind activity/cancerous growth/speed-drive? Will we ADJUST? Will humans become more humane (regarding not only animals, but the planet and each other)? But this is true: There will be tremendous pressure to go back to being the over-striving, self-important jerks we've been... Continue Reading