Sorry we are a bit late on this update, but E3 The Big Sleep is live and available for download. It contains some good discussion of the book including Chandler’s fascination with knights, romantic fantasy, and poetry.
5 Round Burst:
Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner
Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
Show Notes for The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler:
The biography we relied upon heavily but did not enjoy:
“In The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler cleverly evolves the femme fatale gure by splitting her into two separate characters: the sisters Carmen and Vivian Sternwood.”
Kevin Burton Smith writes: “Three Gun Mack may have been the first, Race Williams may have introduced the PI to the world and The Continental Op and Sam Spade may have staked out the ambiguous moral code that would fuel the genre for years, but it was Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe that would define for all time who, what, where and why a private eye is.”
The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction (Great Courses) by David Schmid
Chandler’s “The Simple Art of Murder”
“Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not with hand-wrought dueling pistols, curare, and tropical fish.”
Cool piece on Marlowe from NPR (2008):
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