Wednesday August 26th, 2009

In the Ether

elmer-keltonDespite once having lived in Texas for 12 years, I’m sorry to say I hadn’t heard of Elmer Kelton, who fellow Western writers voted the genre’s best of all time. Macy Halford remembers Kelton here, and recommends that if you haven’t read him, you should start with The Time It Never Rained. From Kelton’s Washington Post obit: “I can’t write about heroes 7 feet tall and invincible,” Mr. Kelton liked to say. “I write about people 5-foot-8 and nervous.” . . . This is very funny and very useful: A set of questions to ask yourself when trying to get rid of books. . . . Book Worship is a site that features “graphically interesting, but otherwise uncollectible, books that entered and exited bookstores quietly in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.” (Via The Casual Optimist.) . . . The New York Observer looks at the trend of jacketless hardcover books. . . . In the search for the World’s Most Boring Book Title, Round 2 comes two years after Round 1. (Via Light Reading.) . . . A dreamlike preview site for Daylight Noir, a forthcoming book of photos about Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles.