Happy birthday, Elmore Leonard.
Elmore Leonard, whose many works include Mr. Majestyk, Maximum Bob, and Get Shorty, was born today in New Orleans in 1925. His latest novel is Up in Honey's Room.
It's often forgotten in the reviews of 3:10 to Yuma that the film (and its 1957 incarnation) are based on the 1953 Leonard short story "Three-Ten to Yuma." His sage "Ten Rules of Writing" will shortly be out in illustrated book form. (Rule 10: "Try to leave out the part that readers skip.")