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November 01, 2010


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Janet M

Wow! Mickey Spillane was quite a writer, even in a short letter he opens with a bang. Too bad that you didn't get the project going, I love film noir.


thanks for sharing that wonderful letter. Think of being able to write like that in just an ordinary letter. But I also loved your story about the letter as well. It's really a good tale.


The penultimate authentic voice...and to see/hear it warmed to such a personal degree. Thanks for sharing this, and the story behind the story.

My most memorable brush with Spillane was via a passionate fan of his writing -- a corporate ad exec who'd hired me (then a young copywriter) to write an industrial lighting catalog. He opened our notes session by looking me in the eye and saying, "'BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! Three bullets ripped into my gut, and I was off on the adventure of my life.' Make my catalog read like that. Like Mickey Spillane." One of the best bits of coaching I ever got.

Ev McElroy

Thanks SO much for sharing that correspondence and the amusing tennis match story. I have been reading your blog for a while and find it totally engaging. Thanks for that.

Supra Skate

Are you doing anything tonight/this weekend/tomorrow?f you are not busy tonight, would you like to go out with me?

Supra Skate

Are you doing anything tonight/this weekend/tomorrow?f you are not busy tonight, would you like to go out with me?

 Elsita :)

I loved this post, Billy :)

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I do found what you write about very interesting and odd, but I enjoy them. Thank you. Kowledge is power. I am still working on that.

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