Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Happy Birthday To The Man Who Made Tarantino Possible

One of these days, I'm gonna scoop Bill Crider. Not in this lifetime, but one of these days. Happy 81st birthday to Elmore Leonard! A man who not only writes a pretty damn good crime novel, but he can also write excellent westerns that stand the test of time.

As a matter of fact, he started out writing
westerns at the tail end of the pulps. He's a huge influence to all of us who write crime mixed with dark comedy. In the age of gimmicks where everyone else tries to go bigger and better, Leonard understands that great stories boil down to just people.

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2 Comments:

Blogger BeckEye said...

Mmmm, Get Shorty. Mmmm, Chili Palmer. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Thu Oct 12, 11:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"Chili Palmer?" Why? I barely even know her.

Thu Oct 12, 05:32:00 PM PDT  

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