Hard Boiled v. Hard Boiled, or Are They?

Hammett v. Chandler

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  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.

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  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.

    shalom,

    Steven

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  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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