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David Handler
Edgar Award-winning author of the Stewart Hoag and Berger & Mitry mystery novels. Recovering journalist and sitcom writer. Refugee from Los Angeles.
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David Handler Oct 21
Replying to @LauraMLippman
I'm becoming more and more frightened every day that the Democrats aren't going to take back the House, that it simply won't be allowed to happen -- by any means necessary -- and that things are going to get a lot worse very fast.
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David Handler Oct 20
Back when I was writing sitcoms producer Sonny Grosso, the ex-cop of "French Connection" fame, used to plop a loaded handgun on the table at the start of story discussions and say, "Okay, who has notes?" But he never brought a boning saw with him. I mean, Sonny was CIVILIZED.
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David Handler Oct 20
One of Rod Serling's most brilliant and underappreciated early works, PATTERNS, is the featured presentation tonight at 8:00 on TCM. It's a scathing takedown of modern (1956) big business and a must see if you've somehow missed it.
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David Handler Oct 18
Replying to @likaluca
There are so many but I'm a big fan of Budd Schulberg's memoir, MOVING PICTURES, because he was an actual child of early Hollywood (his father was the mogul B.P. Schulberg) as well as a brilliant author and screenwriter.
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David Handler Oct 17
Replying to @selfstyledsiren
A Place in the Sun. He aches so much he breaks my heart. Though my favorite scene was his phone booth call home to his mom in The Misfits.
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David Handler Oct 17
Just received my advance screener for Matthew Weiner's new series, "The Romanoffs." I know Amazon isn't hurting for $ but their elaborate promo package weighs about five pounds and I guess no one told them that this kind of excess is almost always the kiss of death. We'll see!
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David Handler Oct 17
Replying to @frankrichny @Criterion
I remember that they tried to promote Shampoo as a sexy, bawdy comedy at the time but when I came out of the theater I thought it was a gut punching drama. Glad to see it getting its due after all of these years.
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David Handler Oct 17
Replying to @BenMank77
It's heartening to know that a few billionaires out there will get a chance to taste just a bit more freedom.
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David Handler Oct 15
Replying to @Rhys_Ford
My second "re-boot," THE MAN WHO COULDN'T MISS, came out a few weeks ago. I'm due to turn in the new one, THE MAN IN THE WHITE LINEN SUIT, at the end of the year. I imagine it'll come out next summer.
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David Handler Oct 15
Replying to @Rhys_Ford
I genuinely don't know what lies ahead. The chance to resurrect Hoagy was too good to pass up so Mitch and Des are on hiatus for now. The change up has done me a lot of good creatively. But I have no master plan. Strictly winging it.
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David Handler Oct 13
Replying to @Rhys_Ford
I'm so glad, Rhys! Thanks much for your kind words, though I must tell you that Lulu is going to be a might miffed that she was left out. :)
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David Handler Oct 13
Replying to @jonweisman
I grew up there in the '50s and '60s and never remember it raining at all in October. That was when the Santa Ana winds blew. As my mother used to say: It's always hottest in L.A. during the Jewish holidays. We had season Dodgers tickets and there was never a rain out. Not one.
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David Handler Oct 13
Replying to @joesview
What a dynamite pair they were.
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David Handler Oct 12
Replying to @BenMank77
Norman Mailer. William F. Buckley.
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David Handler Oct 10
Replying to @curlew @neilhimself
Were they really? I don't mean to turn this into a thing, I'm really giggling about it. But The Monkees did have Carole King writing songs for them and the Wrecking Crew laying down their tracks. Me, I'll take "Giant Step" over "Hungry Like a Wolf" any day.
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David Handler Oct 10
Replying to @neilhimself
Because they were so MTV video driven I labelled them the Eighties version of the Monkees in a magazine review I wrote at the time. They went ballistic over it in a profile in People magazine. I guarantee you they still remember it to this day and would like to dismember me.
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David Handler Oct 9
I saw him at the Edgar Awards one year and discovered that he was not only a devoted reader of crime fiction but a huge fan of the late Ross Thomas, my own personal hero.
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David Handler Oct 7
I mean that people by the boatload are suddenly sending out Friend requests to people who are already their friends. A FB oldie but baddie identity theft scam. Remember that security breach they grudgingly admitted to a couple of weeks ago?
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David Handler Oct 7
Replying to @kevinroose
I wonder if it's just a coincidence that everyone who I know on FB, myself included, has had their account hacked in the past two days.
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David Handler Oct 7
Is it just me or is there something circus freakish about Lindsay Graham? The more I watch him on TV the more he looks like an eight-year-old boy who has become an old man without ever having gone through adulthood.
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