Mickey Spillane died yesterday, which I guess means this editorially challenged biographical essay I wrote needs updating now. I never really got along with Spillane’s writing–maybe I’m just not tough enough–but judging by the reaction to his death in the media, such as here (BBC), here (CNN), and here (The Guardian) and in the Washington Post, either I’m completely out of line or there are a lot of people along for the ride. I wish they could find more than a handful of quotations to use from his books. Anyway, news of his death is everywhere so there’s no point in me rattling on about it. The New York Times has an especially good piece. Get it before it goes behind the registration firewall. The Rap Sheet took a while to respond to the news and it shows in this excellent piece by J. Kingston Pierce, “Slippin’ Heaven a Mickey.”

Incidentally that BBC piece has a lovely quotation from Spillane himself: “Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar.”