I never had any sort of contact with James Crumley so I'm speaking here strictly as a reader. I've read most of his novels at least three times. I agree with Otto Penzler that he was the finest hardboiled writer of the last three decades. His literary skills were enormous and all his own. When the dust settles on our time I expect it will be Crumley future readers and writers will acknowledge as the master. A terrible loss.
The best issue yet of this fine magazine. Two major interviews with Robert Vaughan and Joe Dante. The Vaughan is especially interesting. A life well lived by a man intelligent enough to appreciate it yet view it with a certain objectivity. The Dante interview is packed with memories of his long and successful run in Hollywood.
Pinewood Studios, Goldfinger, The Chase as exemplary chase film, David McCallum and a stunning reprise of the films of 1971. Think of this in a twelve month period the following films were released:
The Anderson Tapes
A Clockwork Orange
Fiddler on The Roof
The French Connection
The Last Picture Show
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Summer of `42
Sunday Bloody Sunday
And each film is assessed with insightful commentary.
What a great issue.
I had no idea how powerful this blog is. Remember how I was complaining last night about the lame Jerry Seinfeld-Bill Gates commercials?
This morning they were pulled. Permanently.
The spokesman said this was "planned" but since one of them has only been in rotation for a week we know bullshit when we see it.
Now I'm going to see what else I can get canceled.