The Glam X-tra Credit: Soapbox and Such

Ten Days. Ten Books: Day Five: Bad Boys.

A confession: There is a squishy place in my heart for crime novels. (What? Ms. Snoofy Litmag Writer? Ha!)

5Get Shorty

When a writing teacher, Michael D. Collins, told me my work had the ring of Elmore Leonard, I could not have been more pleased. In my opinion, Get Shorty has the best final line in literary history (well … tied with Alice Walker’s in The Temple of My Familiar.)

Ladies and Gents, give it up for Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty for Best Crime Fiction Ever.


5Bangkok 8Followed not even closely by the trash piece of awesomeness that is Bangkok 8. Move over, Tale of the Genji. Take a break, Mahabharata. This pure garbage swims in prostitution and drug dealing. Poorly written, predictable characters, a protagonist who is a monk, a police detective, and a virgin (for 2/3 of the book, anyway). Unremittingly marvelous.







By Alle C Hall, writer!

Alle C. Hall’s flash fiction placed as a finalist for The 2020 Lascaux Prize. Longer work appears most recently in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review; as well as in Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Brevity (blog), and Another Chicago Magazine. Formerly an associate editor at Vestal Review, Alle's additional “wins” include: Best Small Fictions Nominee, Best of the Net nominee; First Place in The Richard Hugo House New Works Competition; and finalist or semi-finalist in the contests of: Boulevard Magazine, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Hippocampus, and Memoir Magazine.

Claim to fame: interviewed Leonard Nimoy. He was a bit of a pill; disappointing.

• Twitter: @allechall1
• Facebook: Alle C. Hall
• Alle blogs at About Childhood: Answers for Writers, Parents, and Former Children. (

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