On loving writers of the second rank

I can't get the death of Elmore Leonard out of my mind. So please bear with me. As you know, I had a highfalutin education in the English novel at Lafayette and Stanford, an education I love and cherish. I was taught only A-list writers: Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, Charles [...]

By | August 20th, 2013|33 Comments

RIP, Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard died this morning at his home near Detroit. He was 87. He was an American crime writer. I stress American because his prose and his dialog are pure American in the way Mark Twain wrote American prose -- how real people speak real. Leonard's books are fascinating and [...]

By | August 20th, 2013|13 Comments

Elmore Leonard and Ricky

I'm lounging around the house feeling crummy -- stuffed nose, a cough, the usual. When I feel crummy I read Elmore Leonard, a prose genius and a funny guy who cheers me up. So, I'm lying bed reading "Mr. Paradise" and I come across this bit. A crook hires a [...]

By | August 18th, 2013|8 Comments

Elmore Leonard

I feel a little down in the dumps these days. Mrs. Cohn Zohn is still recovering from her hip replacement and we don't go out much. And I feel like I have things on my mind, more than usual. When I go through periods like this one, I read like [...]

By | February 26th, 2013|30 Comments