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Diane Johnson

Jay McShann at the keyboard. Image courtesy of Chiaroscuro Records Today, and for most of this month, I'll be celebrating jazz and literature. From the NEA Jazz Master's 30th Anniversary publication : "Known in jazz circles as 'Hootie,' Jay McShann is for the most part a self-taught artist, though...
San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge, used courtesy of pdphoto.org Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, The Maltese Falcon , set a new high mark for detective fiction, to which all future writers of the genre would aspire. A major character besides the incomparable Sam Spade is the city in which the...
Washington, DC Photo of Dashiell Hammett courtesy of Josephine Hammett. Many argue over whether Dashiell Hammett or Ernest Hemingway first developed the sparse, crisp style that?s been associated with their writing. Though no one knows the answer, one thing?s for sure--- The Maltese Falcon is the...