Bits and blogs

Not much time tonight, so a few items that caught my eye:

Phil Hoad announces a new Guardian blog called Clip Joint , which will present a roundup of his favourite cinema-related clips on the web. This week, it’s top title sequences. Featured is "Hostage", a film I haven’t seen but am rather tempted (it is on the Amazon rent list at about number 149), as it is based on a Robert Crais book, admittedly a non-Elvis Cole one that I haven’t read. The film stars Bruce Willis, who in himself is not my cup of tea but I have noticed that he gets very good films to act in, eg Twelve Monkeys and Sixth Sense: give him a good movie and his deadpan, world-weary style works quite well for me. Hmm, must take a look at the trailer sometime.

Peter at Detectives Beyond Borders asks an impossible question: "who is the most influential crime writer ever?", meanly excluding the obvious answer of Conan Doyle. My suggestions (over at Peter’s blog) are:  G K Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Wilkie Collins or Dorothy L Sayers. (Not "favourite", but "influential", note.)  Other commenters disagree — one person even suggests the currently ubiquitous Ken Bruen. Please do go over and join in the fun.

If you are up for some technoposts, here are a few culled from the geeky blogs that even I could understand: Open Culture on "10 unexpected uses of the iPod"; Google’s latest is "You’ve got gadget mail"; if you are feeling strong, Problogger asks and answers "What’s wrong with your blog?" ; and Library of Congress blog on whether blogs are serials (a serious question, because if the answer is yes, they need ISSN numbers and all that stuff).

In lighter spirit, we have the literary side to crime over at Galleycat; poor Dina Rabinovich on how anyone can manage to sell books (subtext, even when they have a life-threatening disease), a sadly familiar tale;  Stephen Lang reviewing Cormac McCarthy’s award-winning The Road; and Peter again, this time reporting in three posts about his meeting the cream of Scandinavian crime-fiction authors.