Then I headed up to M is for Mystery to see bud Marcus Sakey, as sure a thing for crime fiction stardom as breathes on Planet Earth. Store proprietor Ed Kaufman says book buyers do their buying in July and take those books on vacation in August. Maybe that's the reason why the crowd was respectable but not spilling out the doors as I expected. Marcus, of course, was witty and perceptive. I picked up my own copy of his just-out Good People (optioned for film by Spiderman himself) and afterwards we repaired to the local watering hole for a couple of hours of quaffing Sierras, comparing notes, whining about the business, and discussing our lives.
Sunday evening 5/6ths of the family went out for dinner in downtown Palo Alto. Afterwards, I slinked over to the Stanford Theatre and saw a terrific movie -- Anatomy of a Murder with Jimmy Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden, and Lee Remick. #4 always complains that the old movies I favor are black and white. But this one would not have had the same moody atmosphere with all the colors of the spectrum splayed up there on the screen. Jimmy Stewart's defense lawyer kept getting diverted by the defendant's wife played by Ms. Remick. Me, too. (See photo on the left.) Eve Arden as the wisecracking secretary? Well, no one's played that role better, ever. Duke Ellington has a cameo and the judge is played by lawyer Joseph Welch, famous for his role in the Army-McCarthy hearings. ("Have you no sense of decency, sir?") Get the movie. Netflix has it. (Read the book, too. It holds up well.)