A review of Playback by Raymond Chandler

I never considered Raymond Chandler to be a prophet, but midway though the last century he called out the contemporary book publishing and selling culture. Look at this line from his essay titled The Simple Art of Murder:

A bitter critique for 1950; a brilliant and exact denunciation for 2019.

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Movie Industry pledges cooperation with the government. Washington, D.C., June 25. At a conference with President Roosevelt today, a group of motion picture company executives, led by Will Hays, emphasized the desire of the industry to cooperate with the government. In the front row, left to right: Darney Balaban, Paramount; Harry Chon, Columbia Pictures; Nicholas M. Schenck, Lowe’s; Will Hays, and Leo Spitz, RKO. artists; Sidney Kent, 20th Century Fox; N.J. Blumberg, Universal; and Albert Warner, Warner Bros., 6/25/38 Image: Wikimedia Commons.
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Photo of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall from the 1946 film The Big Sleep. Wikimedia Commons.
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Novelist, poet, a post-studio visual artist, and the founder of The Invisible Art Collective International. Recent novels include “Sundre” and “Garbage Head.”

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