Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Falcon Tapes, Part III

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 third and final MP3 file (~10 MB) from the interview. In it Joe answers all of my remaining questions and then fields some from the live audience. Here are the topics he covers:
  • Lillian Hellman and her reaction to Joe's book Hammett and the movie that was made from it
  • Exciting details about the prequel that Joe is writing to The Maltese Falcon
  • The curious question of Spade having coffee in Bridget O’Shaughnessy's hotel room
  • Miles Archer's character and why Spade hates him
  • More on why the Falcon is such a seminal book
  • Why The Thin Man is flawed
  • What private eyes and writers have in common
  • Joe's correspondence with James M. Cain

Don't miss it!


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