A touchstone is “a standard or criterion by which something is judged or recognized.” In The Dutch Forum, the term means a connection that exists in Elmore’s work across the boundaries of a single work. A touchstone may be a character, a place, a line of dialogue; basically the evolution of the writer’s thought process.
Touchstones were started as a thread suggested by Joel Lyczak in 2002:
By Joel Lyczak on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 04:30 pm:
An idea for an addition to the web-site.
Call it: TOUCHSTONES;
A person, event, or something that links one Leonard novel with another
Click here to read all 212 posts in the Touchstones Archives which date from August 14, 2002 to November 18, 2004. They make fascinating reading. When you have thoroughly examined the Archive, add your new Touchstone to this thread.
Click here to read all posts from March, 2007 to May, 2009.