"Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op."
Emo Phillips: I first saw him on Letterman in 1985, promoting his album E=MO squared. I enjoyed him so much I went out and bought his album the very next day and turned a good half dozen people on to his comedy. I'd never done that before and haven't since . . .