Monday, March 03, 2008
See that widget over there to the left, showing how much CrimeSpot readers have donated to the United Way? If you were planning on dropping some spare cash, you'd better get to it soon, as it's going away after this weekend. Some will be disappointed that they won't constantly be reminded how cool they are for contributing; others will be relieved that they won't be faced daily with evidence of their own skinflintedness.
Brown's Requiem. Dick Adler has an excellent article on Fredric Brown in the Chicago tribune. Brown's been one of my favorite writers for years, both for his mystery and science-fiction stories. In fact, I titled my Carnival of the Criminal Minds post Carnival of Crime, the title of Brown's "best of" anthology.
Dick asks why Brown never achieved the status of Dashiell Hammett or Jim Thompson, and I think he left out one of the reasons: Brown had a whimsical sense of humor that didn't fit into the hard-boiled world that much of his work would otherwise have been categorized as. I mean you can only set so many murder mysteries at circuses before people begin to wonder if you're serious.
posted by Graham Powell at 8:05 AM