Wednesday, March 11, 2009


If they wrote about dukes and Venetian vases, they knew no more about them out their own experience than the well heeled Hollywood character knows about the French Modernists that hang in his Bel-Air chateau or the semi-antique Chippendale-cum-cobbler's bench that he uses for a coffee table.
Hammett took murder out of the Venetian vase and dropped it into the alley; it doesn't have to stay there forever, but it looked like a good idea to get it as far as possible from Emily Post's idea of how a well-bred debutante gnaws a chicken wing. 

From The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler  


Blogger Dorte H said...

Though I must admit I am more fond of Dorothy Sayers than Raymond Chandler.

And you can have my very own chicken quotation for free: I´d rather be a live chicken than a dead pit bull terrier.

7:40 AM  

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