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Party with the Thin Man


SLING & STONES/ David V Goliath - ILLUSTRATIONOn the 29th of December the Catholic Church remembers Saint David, alias King David, alias The Slingshot Kid.
And as Dave’s my name, I usually have a small celebration – one of my favorite dishes for lunch (I’m the one taking care of the cooking anyway), maybe a few hours spent watching a movie, and a small gift.

Ebooks have been the sort of gifts I give myself these last few years: cheap, varied, and fun.
And no need to wait!

51evjqlu-l-_sx331_bo1204203200_So today I looked around on Amazon for something different, something not on my wish list, and below the 5 bucks mark.
And I discovered something absolutely fantastic: Thoughts on the Thin Man, a collection of learned (and fun!) essays on both the Dashiell Hammett novel and the Powell & Loy movies about the permanently tipsy, hardboiled-but-elegant husband & wife detectives, Nick & Nora Charles.

Of course, landing a collection of essays on the movies put me in the mood and now I want to re-watch the whole series. I liked the first movie very much. I remember watching the six films with my parents when I was a kid, and there was a late-night retrospective on the movies.
Yeah, that’s the way my parents were: allowing me to stay up late to watch movies about murder and massive alcohol consumption.
Life was good.

So, now I’ll plan my special lunch for tomorrow, and then I’ll curl up with a good book.
And then I’ll try and track down a good version of at least the first MGM movie.
I’ll keep you posted.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “Party with the Thin Man

  1. Happy St David’s Day!


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