Category: Notes

“Johnny Knoxville’s Last Rodeo”

At GQ, Johnny Knoxville talks about his career. There’s also a fashion shoot. ‘Cause GQ. “It was easy at the time to describe Jackass as lowest-common-denominator entertainment, a feeble nadir in TV’s race to the bottom. With time, though, it became clear that the show was operating at […]

“Dashiell Hammett’s Strange Career”

At The Paris Review, Anne Diebel considers Dashiell Hammett’s “strange career.” “In a 1929 interview with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dashiell Hammett described his first attempts at ‘breadwinning.’ After dropping out of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute at 14, he worked as a messenger boy for the Baltimore and Ohio […]

“The Gutting of Couffignal”

Dashiell Hammett’s “The Gutting of Couffignal” is available for your reading pleasure at the Library of America’s blog. The story originally appeared in the Dec., 1925 issue of the influential pulp fiction magazine, Black Mask. Along with the story there’s a discussion of the publication pressures of writing […]

Delia Derbyshire Docudrama!

Caroline Catz’ Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes is available for your viewing pleasure at BBC Four online. “[It] explores the life and creative output of Coventry born-Delia Derbyshire–electronic musician, sound pioneer and female outsider in postwar Britain. From 1962 until 1973, she worked at the […]