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Work – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Work – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Noir, Quotes

I work at it, lady. I don’t play at it.

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The Big Sleep – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Big Sleep – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Noir, Quotes, Religion

What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. […]

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Sobriety – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Sobriety – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Noir, Quotes

Mr. Cobb was my escort,” she said. “Such a nice escort, Mr. Cobb. So attentive. You should see him sober. I should see him sober. Somebody should him sober. I mean, just for the record. So it could become a part of history, that brief flashing moment, soon buried in time, but never forgotten—when Larry […]

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As Close to the Truth – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on As Close to the Truth – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Journalism, Newspapers, Noir, The Media

I read all three of the morning papers over my eggs and bacon the next morning. Their accounts of the affair came as close to the truth as newspaper stories usually come—as close as Mars is to Saturn.

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Going Too Fast For Her – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on Going Too Fast For Her – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Noir, Quotes

A little blank again. I was going too fast for her. It was hard not to.

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Dead Men Are Heavier Than…. “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on Dead Men Are Heavier Than…. “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Noir, Quotes

I knelt down and squinted along the nap of the rug to the front door. I thought I could see two parallel grooves pointing that way, as though heels had dragged. Whoever had done it had meant business. Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.

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Unique Antiques – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on Unique Antiques – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Noir, Quotes

There was a lot of oriental junk in the windows. I didn’t know whether it was any good, not being a collector of antiques, except unpaid bills.

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A Bother To Her – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler

June 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Bother To Her – “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler · Fiction, Noir, Writing

Her eyes rounded. She was puzzled. She was thinking. I could see, even on that short acquaintance, that thinking was always going to be a bother to her.

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Privacy – “The Maltese Falcon” – Dashiell Hammett

June 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Privacy – “The Maltese Falcon” – Dashiell Hammett · Fiction, Noir

“Why shouldn’t you, if you’ve nothing to conceal?” “Everybody,” Spade responded mildly, “has something to conceal.

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The Black Figure of a Bird – “The Maltese Falcon” – Dashiell Hammett

June 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Black Figure of a Bird – “The Maltese Falcon” – Dashiell Hammett · Fiction, Noir

“More than idle curiosity made me ask that, Mr. Spade. I am trying to recover an—ah—omament that has been—shall we say?—mislaid. I thought, and hoped, you could assist me.” Spade nodded with eyebrows lifted to indicate attentiveness. “The ornament is a statuette,” Cairo went on, selecting and mouthing his words carefully, “the black figure of […]

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