Beavering away through the research for the upcoming and Very Important seminar on Florida crime novels it was our duty to re-read Rum Punch, which is, of course, by The Master. It’s so great. No wonder Tarantino took at and ran with it. He did quite a lot of fiddling with Leonard’s flawless masterpiece, turning it into Jackie Brown, a totally terrific movie. But it’s not better than the book which has some of the best criminal dialogue you’ll ever hear. Which is what you do when you read it. It’s so accurate.
We think we will have our seminarians have a look at the movie as part of the deep intellectual digging. Two of the best leads ever in Pam Grier and Robert Forster. But it’s also fun to try to figure out who would be the perfect actress to play Jackie Burke as written.
We’ll be poking around Detroit, Leonard’s northern kingdom this weekend. Anyone know where his house is? There should be tour buses up there, but there aren’t.