is not like other people
you could make a much more embarrassing collage of him reading aloud
Love the Beck series - the way the crime and the historical moment works - charting the radical 60s70s but also the backlash.on that note any of you lot here read the Martin Beck books? Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo husband and wife duo who started the whole Scandi crime ting
Couple of things. I’ve got a bass baritone voice, I’ve got a punchy voice, I can read dramatically. I’ve got a rat-a-tat journalistic style. And one can make the case that my mother’s unsolved 1958 murder, when I was 10 years old, is what got me hooked on crime... The podcast has been a joy, but as much as I dig this series, it’s nothing but a stalking horse for the full and unexpurgated version of my 1995 novel American Tabloid about John Kennedy’s reign. And that will go 12 hours with me narrating, and noted actors reading the dialogue.
I like to say that movies and TV shows are out, and podcasts are in. Podcasts are the perfect transposition of the novel to another form. Time is no factor. There is no censorship. It is writing, 100% transposed. That’s a kick to me.
Hammett's other creation was "The continental operative" a nameless protagonist... I don't want to say he was the first but probably influential. Though with Eastwood's it's developed from a man whose name you don't know to The Man With No Name at all.I have watched most of the Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe movies but still can't put them into words. I have read relatively little of Chandler and Hammett. I think they are the two most important 20th century detectives and most of it is down to their humour and the tough guy personas. Before that you have Dupin from Poe who was much more reasonable. He never would have got into a fight to find out the truth.
In fact detective stories are so standard that they are even used to anchor otherwise strange settings. For example Mieville's The City and The City was set in some bizarre world in which two cities were intertwined throughout the same space, yet at the same time utterly separated - a headscratcher to get to grips with, but luckily the story itself was the familiar tale of a mysteriously dead girl dumped in some wasteland, the reader could orient themselves by that.