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The First Publishing House Strike


Amazon employees in Germany have mounted a strike against the online retailer. Today is a good day to remember other strikes in publishing history…

In 1934, Dashiell Hammett, Edward Newhouse and nine other authors joined brave employees on the picket line outside Macaulay Company publishing house—reportedly, the first publishing house strike in America.

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Thin Man Martini

During the deepest moments of the Great Depression, Dashiell Hammett published The Thin Man. The 1934 novel was a satirical and introspective detective story, the plot pickled with booze.

While watching the The Thin Man film this summer, I tried to adapt a martini for the book. Guided by this Lost Past Remembered blog post, I modified the 1930s staple into an easy drink. Try it out below…

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