Hard Boiled v. Hard Boiled, or Are They?

Hammett v. Chandler


  1. I was a bit confused by the article. What was the "misprint or mis-edit" of James' quotation? James's comment was about Hammett, whereas Nicole's review was about Chandler.

  2. Dear Fred,

    The misprint is that the James quotation as printed reads:

    "ruthlessly pruned of all essentials. . ."

    and it should read "ruthlessly pruned of all non-essentials."

    And yes, the writer starts with a very brief foray mentioned Hammett's _The Thin Man_ and then spends much of the article talking about how Chandler's style is more evocative before returning to _The Thin Man_.

    I suppose I'm one of those who thinks that everyone ought to read more Hammett AND Chandler, and reasonable articles that tell us why.

    Thanks for your note.



  3. Steven,

    Thanks for clearing up the misprint.

    I also think we should read more of Hammett and Chandler.

    Two different writers--two different styles...

    Both get the job done, as far as I'm concerned.


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