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On the Books: Raymond Chandler gets his star on the Hollywood walk of fame

In 1945, Raymond Chandler wrote an essay for The Atlantic about his terrible time as a Hollywood screenwriter. He called the experience of moviemaking “an endless contention of tawdry egos, some of them powerful, almost all of them vociferous, and almost none of them capable of anything much more creative than credit-stealing and self-promotion.”

Well, Hollywood has forgiven him, it seems. The detective fiction writer now has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining the handful of writers—including Dr. Suess and Ray Bradbury—who have one. Chandler had a tumultuous relationship with Hollywood. He was celebrated for his screenplays of film-noir classics Double Indemnity and Strangers on a Train, but was known around town for his drinking and burned too many bridges too quickly. Billy Wilder directed The Lost Weekend, about a writer struggling with his alcoholism, after his experience of working with Chandler on Double Indemnity. In addition to his screenplays, Chandler has had numerous novels adapted for the screen, including The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. [The Guardian]

J.K. Rowling’s new novel The Silkworm somehow wasn’t a No. 1 seller in its first week of release. The Cuckoo’s Calling, by contrast, shot to No. 1 after it was revealed that Robert Galbraith, the author credited to the book, was Rowling’s pseudonym. USA Today speculates that the book sales are in a large part due to Amazon. Amazon and Hachette, publisher of The Silkworm, are in contract negotiations, and the retail company has been discouraging customers from buying Hachette’s books. However, it’s also important to note that The Silkworm was released on a Thursday, while most books are released on Tuesdays. Because of that, other books have been selling for more days of the week, giving them a head start on The Silkworm. [USA Today]

Evie Wyld won the 2014 Miles Franklin award for All The Birds, Singing. The $60,000 prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards. “We’re really, really lucky in that we get to do for a living the thing that we want to do most in the world,” Wyld said. “But it doesn’t make a lot of money.” [NPR]

At the New Yorker‘s Page-Turner blog, Lee Siegel writes about the close friendship and simmering tension between T.S. Eliot and Groucho Marx. [The New Yorker]

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