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August 02, 2008

The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper, however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication

"Only one recording of Raymond Chandler's speaking voice survives, a BBC interview conducted with Chandler in 1958 by none other than Ian Fleming." Miskatonic.org hosts it here. This via Ace, who observes.

Interesting if you're a fan of either man, and especially if you're a fan of both. Be aware that Raymond Chandler was a genuine hard-case full-blown alcoholic,* and he decided to show up for the interview in his normal state, three sheets to the wind. He slurs and doesn't have much to say. Fleming is pretty clearly straining to carry both ends of the interview here.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 2, 2008 06:42 PM