Without these I'm less than nothing. He made words throb. He wrote like someone talking. The funniest, hardest-boiled great book ever.
They say of an author, “He knits a nice sentence!” Me, I say, “It's unreadable.” They say, “What magnificent theatrical language!” I look, I listen. It's flat, it's nothing, it's nil. Me, I've slipped the spoken word into print. In one sole shot.