Monday, October 15, 2007

The Falcon Tapes, Part II

As part of the Pleasanton Library's celebration of the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read program, I had the opportunity to interview Hammett expert--and personal hero--Joe Gores about The Maltese Falcon.

Click here to listen to the second MP3 file (~10 MB) from the interview. I apologize again for the poor quality of the recording, but I think the topics Joe covers make it all worthwhile:

  • Definition of "gunsel"
  • Definition of "gooseberry lay"
  • The Flitcraft story and it's purpose in the novel
  • Where the name Flitcraft comes from
  • Why Bridget O'Shaughnessy talks fast
  • How Gores came to write the novel Hammett
  • The research Gores did on Maltese Falcon locations

Next up, what Lillian Hellman thought of the novel Hammett and Francis Ford Coppola's plan to make a movie out of it.


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