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"The Poet Laureate Of Wild Assholes With Guns"
That's how Time Out/London summed up crime writer Elmore "Dutch" Leonard. In honor of Dutch's birthday today, here's one of my favorite quotes from his book La Brava, which I happen to be reading now:

I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats and the rest I wasted.

The Hot Kid is still my all-time favorite.

For a photgraphic history of Elmore, click on this link. Here's one shot I love:


The caption by Gregg Sutter: Pictured here at his house in Memphis in 1934, with his sister, mother and family friend, Elmore was preoccupied with gun toting desperados like Bonnie and Clyde who lept off the front page of the newspaper and into the boy’s imagination.

Posted by aalkon at October 11, 2006 9:11 AM

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"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars - the rest I just squandered." also "I spent 90% of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted" --George Best, 1946-2005. Since Elmore Leonard's book is copyrighted 1983, and George Best played until the mid 1970s, I wonder which is the original. Perhaps they are both quoting an earlier one.

Posted by: Norman at October 11, 2006 8:03 AM

I want to finally say thank you to Amy and the peanut gallery - my best book (& porn) recommendations and quotes now come from all of you.

Posted by: Michelle at October 11, 2006 12:38 PM

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