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As you maybe found out this AM, Elmore Leonard passed away at the tender age of 87 due to complications from a stroke. He was working and being awesome till the very last minute. We COULD write an elaborate obituary for the man, or you could just read this elegant NY Times piece instead. In lieu of that, we will celebrate the man the BYT way: the ultimate guide to being a badass as exemplified by numerous indelible characters of Leonard’s that landed on the silver and small screens. With a little help of GIF magic, naturally. So let’s dive in.

HOW TO:

  • Make a swivel chair work to your advantage (courtesy of Joe Kidd)

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  • Make weather chat sound bad-ass (courtesy of Get Shorty)

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  • How to get people to REALLY shut up (courtesy of Jackie Brown)

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  • How to say NO like you mean it (courtesy of Justified):

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  • How to make sure you keep your badass ambition alive (Courtesy of Jackie Brown):

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  • and, of course, how to make the most of any situation (Courtesy of Out of Sight)

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Never forget.

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