Thursday, July 23, 2009
The streets were dark with something more than night.
RAYMOND CHANDLER b JULY 23 1888
"Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl’s clothes off."
hammett has always seemed better to me. there was absolutely no razzle dazzle descriptions from dashiell. it was straight talk all the way. his dialogue was staight up. it was how you'd talk right before you got fucked over or dumped. economical & heartfelt & ugly.
chandler was a tough guy too but he liked to reflect & embellish. chandler's marlowe always sounded like he gotten to think about his clever responses like we'd all like to do, all those "i'd wish i'd said" retorts. i like marlowe. i'd drink w/him. i don't think i'd drink w/sam spade.