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(Huffington Post)   The world of letters is a little poorer today. RIP Elmore Leonard   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2013-08-20 11:48:54 AM  
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2013-08-20 11:49:16 AM  

SenorBenedict: RIP person who gave us Justified, I hope you didn't die in Harlan county.


Easily in the top 3 tv shows on air right now.

Dewey Crowe's line about "holy shiat, you mean I got four kidneys?!" made me fall off the couch laughing.
 
2013-08-20 11:58:01 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: SenorBenedict: RIP person who gave us Justified, I hope you didn't die in Harlan county.

Easily in the top 3 tv shows on air right now.

Dewey Crowe's line about "holy shiat, you mean I got four kidneys?!" made me fall off the couch laughing.


My favorites include "The next one's comin' faster", "Understand your bible, as interpreted by experts", "You run into an asshole in the moring, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day, you're the asshole.' and of course, "people underestimate Bob at their peril."
 
2013-08-20 11:59:12 AM  

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R.I.P. LEONARD COHEN

 
2013-08-20 12:00:16 PM  

simplicimus: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Of course, freshly dead, Leonard will receive tons of accolades.  But, I think when people have a chance to impartially review his work, they will see a very uneven career.  Tishomingo Blues was great; Raylan was not.  And it goes that way throughout his career.  He had a decent style with great language, but, many times, his plots just kinda fell apart or relied too much on coincidences.

The same can be pretty much said for any prolific novelist, like Steven King.


Yes, and when King dies, we'll hear all about how he was a "great" who "changed American literature."  Then, fifteen years on, he'll still be on the shelves, but will generally draw little interest.  That will be more than Stephanie Meyer, of course, but King will always be on the AA team of contemporary American literature.
 
2013-08-20 12:08:18 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: sweet-daddy-2: Damn, I've read almost everything he's written ( except Westerns ). John MacDonald left way too soon.
Hopefully writers like Carl Hiaasen and Randy White will stay for another 100 years or so.

His western shorts are his work I like the most.  I highly recommend them.


Briefs or boxers?
 
2013-08-20 12:11:36 PM  

sweet-daddy-2: Lumbar Puncture: sweet-daddy-2: Damn, I've read almost everything he's written ( except Westerns ). John MacDonald left way too soon.
Hopefully writers like Carl Hiaasen and Randy White will stay for another 100 years or so.

His western shorts are his work I like the most.  I highly recommend them.

Briefs or boxers?


Well, some of them are brief..
 
2013-08-20 12:12:10 PM  

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It looks like he's saying "espresso" not "How you doing, Ms. Jackie?"
 
2013-08-20 12:17:31 PM  
R.I.P. L. Ron Hubbard

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2013-08-20 12:17:54 PM  
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RIP Elmer
 
2013-08-20 12:33:40 PM  

Decillion: cygnusx13: Anyone who has any connection whatsoever to the movie Get Shorty deserves to die from complications of a stroke.

Such was the epicness of that disaster.

You're thinking of the sequel.


The sequel wasn't that bad.
 
2013-08-20 12:34:31 PM  
R.I.P Scientology
 
2013-08-20 12:34:41 PM  

Crewmannumber6: God Is My Co-Pirate: SenorBenedict: RIP person who gave us Justified, I hope you didn't die in Harlan county.

Easily in the top 3 tv shows on air right now.

Dewey Crowe's line about "holy shiat, you mean I got four kidneys?!" made me fall off the couch laughing.

My favorites include "The next one's comin' faster", "Understand your bible, as interpreted by experts", "You run into an asshole in the moring, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day, you're the asshole.' and of course, "people underestimate Bob at their peril."


"I disarmed him."

Raylan: The bartender is a witness. Might be a problem.
Art: Why, you think he's unreliable?
Raylan: She.
*beat*
Art: Jesus, Rayland.

"I'm Raylan Givens!"
"No, I'm Raylan Givens!"
"You tryin' to be funny?"
"A little."

And the best prayer on tv ever:

Dear Lord, before we eat this meal we ask forgiveness for our sins, especially Boyd- who blew up a black church with a rocket launcher, and afterwards he shot his associate Jared Hale in the back of the head out on Tate's Creek bridge. Let the image of Jared's brain matter on that windshield not dampen our appetites, but may the knowledge of Boyd's past sins help guide these men. May this food provide them with all the nourishment they need. But, if it does not, may they find comfort in knowing that the United States Marshal Service is offering fifty-thousand dollars to any individual providing information that will put Boyd back in prison. Cash or check, we can make it out to them. Or to Jesus. Whoever they want. In your name, we pray. Amen.
 
2013-08-20 12:38:30 PM  
Westlake, and now Leonard. You're next, Hiaassen.
 
2013-08-20 12:40:59 PM  
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R.I.P.- LMNO
 
2013-08-20 12:41:21 PM  

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RIP Mark Lenard

 
2013-08-20 12:44:58 PM  

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RIP Ellen's Leotard

 
2013-08-20 12:48:12 PM  
Thanks for all the good reads.
 
2013-08-20 12:52:03 PM  
cygnusx13: Anyone who has any connection whatsoever to the movie Get Shorty deserves to die from complications of a stroke. Such was the epicness of that disaster.

Actually the book was pretty good, but the director (Barry Sonnefeld) changed the focus of the movie, either because Travolta didn't have the acting chops to play Chili Palmer, or because he sucks as a movie director. Travolta was like the tenth choice to play the lead, and the decision to use him was akin to having PeeWee Herman play Indiana Jones. That the movie was a hit and revitalized Travolta's career for his ridiculous portrayal of the character, which turned it from the black comedy about how shallow Hollywoood is that the book conveyed into the cartoonish farce that was the movie, was indeed ironic.
 
2013-08-20 12:53:47 PM  
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2013-08-20 01:22:00 PM  
Well, it was Detroit, who would want to live there anyway?

Don't recall ever reading any of his words. :(

R.I.P. Elmo
 
2013-08-20 01:40:56 PM  
Looking at his novels filmed, I am not in his target audience. I just never found any of those very interesting.
 
2013-08-20 01:43:48 PM  
He was no James Patterson.
 
2013-08-20 01:56:20 PM  

NuttierThanEver: Justified is certifiably awesome.


Hopefully it stays that way. Leonard was pretty heavily involved with the writing.
 
2013-08-20 02:04:42 PM  

pkellmey: Looking at his novels filmed, I am not in his target audience. I just never found any of those very interesting.


James Patterson seems to be more a brand, rather than an author.
"How does he do it? Well, ever since 1996, when he published a novel called Miracle on the 17th Green with a golfing buddy, he has done it by finding collaborators to help him fill in the blanks. He comes up with the plot, they write the sentences, he reviews draft after draft. To hear Patterson tell it, he simply has too many ideas to write them all up himself, so he enlists an army of co-writers. He resists the word "factory", of course, or "formula". "
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/apr/05/james-patterson-author- be stseller

Having never read any of his books, does he credit his collaborators?
 
2013-08-20 02:06:06 PM  
Sorry, meant to respond to dryknife.
 
2013-08-20 02:30:27 PM  
Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said"...he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. 
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."Just two days ago, I posted a 1* review of an atrocious crime novel on Amazon, and I quoted rule #10, saying that would have cut the book by half.  (In fairness, I like most of that author's work, so followed up with a 5* review for a much better book of his.)I'm sorry Leonard is gone. Thanks for all the great reads.
 
2013-08-20 02:54:17 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: Leonard was likely the best writer of dialogue that the writing world has ever seen.  He could define a character with one sentence.  He knew how to write banter in a way that felt natural and gave further insights to the characters involved in it.  A chapter of Leonard's characters doing nothing but talking is more interesting than many books.


This.
 
2013-08-20 03:34:22 PM  

Crewmannumber6: God Is My Co-Pirate: SenorBenedict: RIP person who gave us Justified, I hope you didn't die in Harlan county.

Easily in the top 3 tv shows on air right now.

Dewey Crowe's line about "holy shiat, you mean I got four kidneys?!" made me fall off the couch laughing.

My favorites include "The next one's comin' faster", "Understand your bible, as interpreted by experts", "You run into an asshole in the moring, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day, you're the asshole.' and of course, "people underestimate Bob at their peril."


"Raylan, if you send your kid to school and each week he bites another kid, chances are he might be come to known as a biter."
 
2013-08-20 03:47:52 PM  
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RIP Eatmore Chi'kin
 
2013-08-20 04:39:19 PM  
I would laik at leest to know hees name.
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/just watched the Tall T last night
 
2013-08-20 05:13:26 PM  
I read one or two of MacDonald's science fiction books, back in the before time. I thought they were well written. Might have to get around to reading some Travis McGee.
 
2013-08-20 05:22:56 PM  

alklloyd: I read one or two of MacDonald's science fiction books, back in the before time. I thought they were well written. Might have to get around to reading some Travis McGee.


I used to love Travis McGee back in the day.  I don't know how he'd hold up in 2013.
 
2013-08-20 08:17:18 PM  

umad: NuttierThanEver: Justified is certifiably awesome.

Hopefully it stays that way. Leonard was pretty heavily involved with the writing.


WWED - What Would Elmore Do - was the writers' motto, according to one of the DVD extras.
 
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