Saturday, November 29, 2008

What's the story?

Left by a tired worker at the end of the day? Or is something more sinister afoot? Should someone poke around this big pile of dirt; see what's under there??

Yes, I’ve still got “The Maltese Falcon” on my mind. The novel has been chosen for The Big Read for our area this year. [The Big Read is an NEA program where communities choose one book each year for everyone to read and discuss.]

And today I was reading “The Dashiell Hammett Tour”, a guidebook by Don Herron who has been leading tours of the famous haunts of Hammett, and his characters, Sam Spade and the Continental Op, since the 1970s. It’s much more than a guidebook; Herron includes a lot of biographical info about Hammett, along with photos, then and now, of San Francisco. It sounds like fun; we'll have to try it some time when we're in The City.

Good to have some time to imagine other places, other things, rather than just the usual. We all need that from time to time…

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