Tag Archives: James M. Cain

Quote Du Jour: James M. Cain on Titles

Blowhard, Esq. writes: James M. Cain had wanted to call his first novel “Bar-B-Que.” Alfred Knopf quite rightly thought that was a terrible title. Cain suggested “Black Puma” or “The Devil’s Checkbook.” The publisher disliked those, too, and proposed calling it … Continue reading

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Mad Men Notes: S7, Ep8 — “Severance”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Someone once said that TV recaps are the lowest form of writing — which is probably true — but why should that stop me? Therefore, I’ll be spouting random opinions and observations about the last half season of … Continue reading

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Seduction in 60 Seconds

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Frank (John Garfield), an affable drifter, ambles into a lunchroom on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Surrounded by fragrant orange groves, the place is quiet and isolated. There’s a “Man Wanted” sign outside, so he approaches the owner, … Continue reading

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Blowhard, Esq. writes: Megan McArdle counters the lefty Hobby Lobby hysteria. Julian Sanchez reads the decision and discovers a paragraph that takes the wind out of the “war on women” narrative. Reason magazine notes the only three politicians on record in … Continue reading

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