makeup and hair by Jennifer Corona
Photography by Shannon Brooke
Love these! Another stunner from Shannon and Jen!
Because if we fail in this, then none of us will be saved.
from David Rumsey Map Associates
Letter to Mr. Black (Knopf Publishing) from Dashiell Hammett (16 June, 1929)
Dear Mr. Black,
I started THE MALTESE FALCON on its way to you by express
last Friday, the fourteeth. I’m fairly confident that
it is by far the best thing I’ve done so far, and I hope
you’ll think so too.
Though I hadn’t anything of the sort in mind while doing
it, I think now that it could vary easily be turned into
a play. Will you let me know if you agree with me? I
wouldn’t take a chance on trying to adapt it myself, but
will try to get the help of somebody who knows the theater.
Another thing: if you use THE FALCON will you go a little easy
on the/editing? While I wouldn’t go to the stake in
defense of my system of punctuation, I do rather like it
and I think it goes with my sort of sentence-structure.
The first forty pages of THE DAIN CURSE were edited to
beat hell (hurriedly for the dummy?) and the rest hardly
at all. The result was that, having amiably accepted
most of your changes in the first part, I had my hands full
carrying them out in the remainder, trying to make it
look like all the work of the same writer.
Like most of the world most of the time I am just now
rather desperately in need of all the money I can scrape
up. If there is any truth in these rumors that one hears
about advances against royalties, will you do the best you
can for me? If my appreciation equals my need I can promise
to quite overwhelm you with gratitude.
How soon will you want, or can you use, another book? I’ve
quite a flock of them outlined or begun, and I’ve a couple
of groups of connected stories that can be joined in a
whole just as I did with RED HARVEST and the DAIN CURSE.
The best of them were written just before RED HARVEST, a
group that would make a book as exciting as RED HARVEST,
though less complicated, with THE BIG KNOCK-OVER as title.
Also I’ve spent about two hundred and fifty thousand words of
short stories in which the Continental Op appears. I know
you’re not likely to be wildly enthusiastic about the
short-story idea; but don’t you think something profit-
able for the both of us could be done with them by making a
quite bulky collection of them — selling it by the pound,
as it were? I don’t know anything about the manufacturing
I think the reality of the ammo shortage is being realized with the large influx of new and first-time gun owners. Prior to the 2012 election I remember my dealers having full stock of everything; now they ration 2 boxes per person per day in most places.
All the weird leftover calibers like .17 HMR and 30-30 are gathering dust on shelves and military calibers are snapped up. Friend of mine told me he wanted to buy a gun in .17 HMR just to buy up all the ammo. I understand what he means though; it’s not fun having spent thousands on an AR-15 or AK and not having ammo.
They say if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. But if you teach a man to fish…. then he’s got to get a fishing license, but he doesn’t have any money. So he’s got to get a job and pay taxes, and now you’re gonna audit the poor cocksucker because he’s not good with math.
So they’ll pull the IRS van up to your house and take all your shit. And you were just worried about eating a fucking fish, but you couldn’t ever cook the fish because you needed a permit for an open flame. Then the Health Dept. is going to start asking you a lot of questions about where you are going to dump the scales and guts. And ladies and gentlemen, if you get sick of it all at the end of the day, it’s not even legal to kill yourself. - Doug Stanhope
ohhhh my gosh