Elmore Leonard, Rest in Peace

There are going to be many tributes to Elmore Leonard today, all of them deserved.  The man was a phenomenal talent.  I began reading his writing at the sametime as I read Chandler, Hammett, and the MacDonalds, Ross and John D. (no relation).  He was an easy writer to read, and it wasn’t until years later I truly understood what that meant.  I gained the words to describe it watching Bob Costas in Ken Burn’s Baseball, when he talked about how we watch players, deceived by the simplicity of the game into thinking it’s something we ourselves could do.  “If it sounds like writing, re-write it” has become a mantra for countless authors who’ve tried to write on his level.  Some of them have actually managed to come close.

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