Maltese Falcon first edition in dust jacket

BIBCL1.9: The Maltese Falcon First Edition

Final Thoughts and an Introduction to Collecting the Maltese Falcon In this final episode inspired by the book we take a look at collecting the Maltese Falcon first edition. In other words: Rebecca flexes her rare book muscles while JP pesters her with questions about how expensive these books can get. The dust jacket of…

Maltese Falcon femme fatale

BIBCL1.8: Maltese Falcon Femme Fatale

The Last Scene of the Maltese Falcon “I won’t play the sap for you,” Sam Spade tells Brigid O’Shaughnessy, the Maltese Falcon femme fatale. In the last chapter of the book we look into how O’Shaughnessy lies, cheats, and steals her way across two continents. The Maltese Falcon Femme Fatale: The Showdown The showdown between Sam…

Maltese Falcon author Dashiell Hammett

BIBCL1.7: Maltese Falcon Author – Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon Author: Dashiell Hammett In this episode of our podcast we discuss the Maltese Falcon author, Dashiell Hammett. Many noir fans know he worked with the Pinkertons, but what other occupations influenced his detective writing? And how many cases of tuberculosis can a single person contract? Dashiell Hammett and the Red Scare Like…

Maltese Falcon books within the book - Hayreddin Barbarossa

BIBCL1.6: Maltese Falcon books within the book

A Special Edition In this episode we talk about the Maltese Falcon books – the books that are discussed within the book itself. Along the way we discuss how pirates are most likely to die. And both of us show off our poor European-language accents. The Maltese Falcon Books within the Book We made this episode…

Maltese Falcon villain goal

BIBLC1.5: The Maltese Falcon Villain

Sam Spade Bargains with the Maltese Falcon Villain In this podcast we discuss Sam Spade’s second meeting with Casper Gutman, and spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how many of the main characters are gay. In the process we dig into some shady 1920s lingo, like “gooseberry lay” and “gunsel.” It’s…

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BIBCL1.4: Maltese Falcon historical context; absurd stories from 1929

1929: The Year the Maltese Falcon First Appeared Today’s podcast explores the world of 1929, the year the Maltese Falcon first began to appear in serialized form in the pulp magazine The Black Mask. We find three particularly absurd stories of the era and pretend they are relevant to the book. It’s all part of the Maltese Falcon historical…

maltese falcon story femme fatale

BIBCL1.3: the Maltese Falcon story episode 1

The Maltese Falcon story episode 1: Sam Spade meets the Femme Fatale In this episode we discuss the first chapter of the book, where Sam Spade meets his nemesis, the femme fatale Brigid O’Shaughnessy. This is the first of three episodes about the Maltese Falcon story. But before we get to our femme, what is…

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BIBCL1.2: The Maltese Falcon Summary in Two Minutes

Our podcasts are SPOILER podcasts. In our podcasts we talk about the major plot twists, questionable endings, and characters’ deepest secrets. Most of these books are 100 years old or more, so if you’re still upset about spoilers, sorry, you missed that boat (or horse-drawn carriage, or whatever). But that shouldn’t stop you from listening–or picking up…

Don't Steal Maltese Falcons

BIBCL1.1: The Maltese Falcon, Title; or, DON’T STEAL MALTESE FALCONS

Don’t Steal Maltese Falcons Oh, this is exciting. The first episode of our first series: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. We hope you love this book as much as we do. If you don’t, we’ll try to convince you. Sort of. If discussing catamites, expensive dinners in Istanbul, and paying rent via majestic predatory…

Biblioclast Podcast

BIBLC 01: Introduction to the Biblioclast Podcast

Welcome to pilot episode for The Biblioclast Podcast. We read books a lot. We talk about history too much. Luckily, we also like comedy and don’t take ourselves too seriously. So we decided to make a podcast ten years after making podcasts was a cool thing to do. We just want to talk about books and entertain…