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Ars Technica made a video about the F-15 cockpit controls, which led to a sidebar by the author about Boeing in the 2000s:

https://arstechnica.com/features/2020/06/human-interface-come-on-a-tour-of-an-f-15c-fighter-jet-cockpit/?comments=1&start=80

Which led to an article about the McDonnell-Douglas / Boeing merger:

https://www.msn.com/en-za/money/news/how-the-mcdonnell-douglas-boeing-merger-led-to-the-737-max-crisis/ar-BBYzJXz

TL;DR mistakes were made. Another tragic story of corporate aggression, cost-cutting, and greed.

I'm against continually escalating airline ticket prices, but compromising safety to cut costs led to inevitable disasters.

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The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay

Really fancy writing covering several time periods, from contemporary Las Vegas to Renaissance Venice... I can't remember having to reach for my dictionary so many times in recent memory.

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What in tarnation is this high falutin’ fancy shmancy pants trying to I said a trying to say?

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The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Started reading this one after blasting through Hammett's earlier novel, The Maltese Falcon (a bit of a disappointment). His writing style seems a lot clunkier than Raymond Chandler's or even Mickey Spillane's, but there is an energy and drama that keeps you going. Big points for being the first one, too.

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Maybe this one (After Dark, My Sweet – 🥰 Rachel Ward) – I usually read the books before watching film versions:

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And this one (The Grifters):

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After reading The Maltese Falcon, I realized that a lot of the cheesy Sam Spade parodies are actually parodies of Spillane's Mike Hammer character (I guess a lot of screenwriters were too lazy to read the original material).

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The film versions of those two were released the same year and the wrong one became famous. After Dark is still unknown and so good. 

Was in a different spot in my life when I read Thompson, but maaan did it resonate then. Like Bukowski/Fante-levels at the same time, but again I was in a different space (semi-emotionally trapped on a Great Lakes 1x1.5 mile island for several months). Just look at your image.  

The Killer Inside Me was probably his first great... and a pretty bad movie. 

From Wikipedia: The writer R.V. Cassill has suggested that of all crime fiction, Thompson's was the rawest and most harrowing; that neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler nor Horace McCoy ever "wrote a book within miles of Thompson". Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompson's work because "The guy was over the top. The guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didn't know the meaning of the word stop. There are three brave lets inherent in the foregoing: He let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it."

 

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I'll read both of them, The Killer Inside Me and maybe Pop. 1280 too. It's being made into a movie again, but the pandemic probably pushed the release date back by a year or more.

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