Monday, February 07, 2005
Since Dashiell Hammett lived for a number of years in San Francisco, and wrote his most famous work here, the local paper has been filled with pieces about the Maltese Falcon, which turns 75 this week. Pieces on Bogart as Spade, on "why a Falcon," on Hammett, on hard-drinking writers in general, and on the guy who does a "Maltese Falcon" tour of downtown San Francisco. One of these days I'm going to have lunch at John's Grill, where Sam Spade ate lunch (lamb chops). In the meantime, maybe later I'll lift a glass to Spade and the Bird.