Friday, April 28, 2017

Peter Rozovsky Does Covers Like No Other

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Domenic Stansberry's novel The Confession, winner of the Edgar Award for best paperback original in 2005, is out again from Molotov Editions, available for pre-order now from Kindle and soon in other reputable e-formats.  This e-edition includes a cover photo by me.

My previous book-cover shots: 

© Peter Rozovsky 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

R.I.P Andrew (Avedis) Karnig Kevorkian

Goodbye dear friend.

Our dear friend, Andy on our annual car pool to hell tour.

November 11th, 1927 - April 14th, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jay Gertzman's Pulp According to David Goodis: Charles Willeford

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SIMILAR TO GOODIS #4: Willeford’s Pick-Up

Harry Jordan in Pick-Up (Beacon, 1955) is close in temperament to the author, just as Goodis’ stories, as Garnier’s Goodis: The Life in Black and White shows, are deeply autobiographical – one assumes. Harry shares with his creator his own experience with road kid childhood, army experience, aggression, lusts (girls), and appetites (consuming greasy fried food, red meat, and sweets). Of course, they have much in common with the typical American male reader of pulps. Goodis’ tastes in food and watching and describing fights are, like those of his protagonists, those of people who, unlike himself, cannot afford better diet (greasy-spoon stew, chop suey, canned peaches, jelly beans).
One establishment that fascinated Willeford and Goodis was the storefront cafĂ©, diner, or hash house. This is where Pick-Up starts, with Harry behind the late-night counter slapping a frank on a bun, slathering it with chili and onions for a lonely sailor who washes “the unpalatable mess” down with hot coffee. A beautiful, hung-over woman comes in. This Helen, “my Olympia” (the allusion is to Manet’s masterpiece reclining nude), becomes the love of Harry’s life. Later, Harry becomes a fry cook at a lunch room in downtown San Francisco, dishing out eggs, bacon, burgers and fries from a menu that makes no distinction between breakfast, lunch, and dinner—just the kind of place at which Goodis’ friends were afraid they would end up if he invited them out to eat.
Witnessing a bar fight is another common experience of working class urban men. The first happens when a workman insults Helen; Harry kicks him in the nuts, then the gut. Later, when Helen’s alcoholism had destroyed her mind, Harry discovers her with a sailor. With relish, he uses a shard of a broken bottle, “moving the sharp, glass dagger back and forth across his white face with a whipping wrist motion.” Al Darby, in Of Tender Sin, does even worse, on Philly’s Skid Row.
Willeford, like Goods, is excellent at involving readers with precise descriptions of the atmosphere of places as familiar a part of working men’s lives as the newsstand, cigar or book store where they purchased paperbacks like Cassidy’s Girl and Pick Up. The 1950s were the height of the industrial age. That means rooming houses, bars, movie and burlesque houses, taxi dance halls, , and the downtown neon-lit streets and dark alleys.
Harry and Helen are both noble losers. Alcoholism is one reason; their social status is another, and their authenticity at understanding mutuality is a third. Harry and Helen have a love for each other so great as to have no boundaries, and that of course pits them as profoundly against the world as are Romeo and Juliet--that is, to the death. But there is not one drop of romance. They both admit being “pretty much failures in life.” But in this bleakness, they are free from the pettiness and falseness of the world. The lovers do not care any more about success or survival—like Jander and Vera in Somebody’s Done For, also pub 1967.
Fate is against them, and it is intertwined with the culture that has made them outcasts. A gigantic part of this is inferred but not stated until the end of the book, in fact the last sentence. Whatta wind-up (you gotta read this book; it was a Black Lizard from 1987, first pub. 1967, the year Goodis died).

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

David Goodis,CBS,Sinatra, and Chuck Barris: The Philadelphia Connection

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Chuck Barris (1929 - 2017)

Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Edith (Cohen) and Nathaniel Barris, a dentist.  He attended Drexel Institute of Technology where he was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Triangle. He graduated in 1953.
Barris' first wife was Lyn Levy, the niece of William S. Paley of one of the founders of CBS. Their marriage lasted from 1957 to 1976, ending in divorce.

Born on June 6, 1895, Broadcast Pioneers member Leon Levy and his brother Isaac (Ike) were founding members of this organization.  Ike was a practicing attorney and Leon was licensed dentist. Leon was granted his degree in dentistry during 1915 from the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced for a dozen years. Dr. Levy was president of the corporation that owned WCAU (Universal Broadcasting which later became WCAU Broadcasting) from 1928 until August 1, 1949.

The Levys took WCAU Radio from a small radio station not even heard in all parts of the city to a 50,000-watt clear channel heard on the entire east coast of the United States.

It wasn’t until 1928 when the Paleys; Sam, Jacob (Sam’s brother who was sometimes called Jay) and William (Bill was Sam’s son) purchased a third interest in WCAU for $150,000 that the station went full-time. 

Now you may have heard of Bill Paley, the guy that built CBS. Well, the Levys were investors in CBS (so was Jay and Sam) and their station was the network’s first affiliate. Leon Levy married Sam Paley’s daughter, Blanche. The couple had two children, a son named Robert and a daughter called Lynne.

David Goodis was very good friends with Dick Levy (David Richard Levy) was son of Ike Levy.

Frank Sinatra wed Ava Gardner at Levy's parents house in Philadelphia on November 7th, 1951.

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Monday, March 20, 2017


Leigh Redhead 

Greetings from Seaford Beach, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Although it may look calm and idyllic we all know the brighter the sun, the darker the shadows.

We know that there are many more people out there in the shadows with their NoirCon 2016 T-Shirt. 

Be sure to submit your photograph of you and the NoirCon 2016 T-Shirt wherever you go in the world.  The grand winner will be named at NoirCon 2018.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Goodis Centennial Birthday Celebration. Special Guest: David Goodis

10th Annual Car Pool to Hell Tour
David Goodis Centennial Birthday
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 4th, 2017

Graveside Visit To David Goodis

 David Goodis at East Oak Lane House

   Andy Kevorkian, DG and Eric Rice in East Oak Lane

 Thug-4-life in Logan.  DG and the Gang
 Thug-4-life in Logan.  DG and the Gang
 DG and Cullen Gallagher in Logan

 Ed Pettit, DG and Cullen sharing a drink in Logan


 Welcome to my home!
 Kate Pettit greets DG in East Oak Lane
 Cullen embraces DG on his 100th in East Oak Lane
 Eric Rice and DG in a literary discussion on the back porch.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pulp According to David Goodis: SOMEBODY DONE FOR

Goodis' final book: despair or breakthrough?

By Jay Gertzman
“There is more ‘redemption’ in Goodis’s novels than might otherwise appear,” wrote William Sherman, who also said, “He does not rule out chance and meaningful coincidence, the unconscious, the fact of our human divinity . . .” Since the desire to see some kind of community and mutuality emerge from exploitation, brutality, and indifference is as deep as faith itself, and just as illusive, Goodis’ attraction to readers may be based on one of their deepest wishes.
In his last novel, however, all that is left is perseverance for which there will be no rescue. Calvin Jander pursues the dancer who, like Celia in Street of no Return, mesmerizes men with her beauty, esp. b/c she, and it (not quite the same thing), are unattainable.
Frozen desire, and Calvin's service to a mother and sister who are no longer loved ones, are all that remain. That, and, perhaps, yearning for an earlier time near Route 40 in the south Jersey swampland, across the Delaware Bay from Dover, Delaware: a time of testing at the point of death, winning battles against menacing and desperate men, and having a few moments of passion with a evasive Delaware Bay princess with secrets so horrific that he could never take her back to Philadelphia.
"Purple Pain": mysterious, impossible, spiritual, and forever. Like the stone, the Amethyst.
One last thing: can you imagine Goodis’ distress as he wrote SDF? Living alone in a big house in which all that remained of his parents was their furniture; having to arrange for Herb’s institutionalization, the care for whom his parents had assigned to him so many years ago; all hope of being with Selma gone. In this situation, he wrote a novel about a future bereft of hope and love. And he had the perseverance—a kind of courage--to do it! Instead of repeating previous patterns of compulsive conduct in his life and novels, he imagined powerfully what they had led to. And he did that all alone, with a kind of assertiveness that pushed back against the pain to move past that point of no return.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

And The Hammett Goes To .........

Dashiell Hammett

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows: 

The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton
(G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The White Devil, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions)
Revolver, by Duane Swierczynki (Mulholland Books)
The Big Nothing, by Bob Truluck (Murmur House Press)

A reading committee of IACW/NA members selected the nominees, based on recommendations from other members and the publishing community. The committee was headed by Deen Kogan and included Caro Soles, Allen Wyler, and Michael Zimecki. 

The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: Margot Bettauer Dembo, a professional translator and former winner of the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize; Ron Koltnow, who spent almost 30 years as a sales rep for Putnam and Random House and past winner of Publisher’s Weekly Rep of the Year; David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center whose most recent book is The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography. 

The organization will name the HAMMETT PRIZE winner, during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association’s (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, October 6-8. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

In Search of Mr. Goodis

The Mondays of the Duke
Monday, January 16, 2017 

In Search of Mr. Goodis ...
2017, the year Goodis ... Born 100 years ago and disappeared there just half a century, David Goodis remains a cult author of the American thriller -on especially knows the films adapted from his novels, The Dark Passage, Shoot the piano Player, Moon in the gutter ...

His seed has yet had mixed fortunes: firstly, Goodis is ignored overseas and revered in France. Today, we have the impression that it is the opposite. All the more reason to rediscover an author with a fascinating personality without forgetting, which does not spoil anything, quite a few blue notes - those of Count Basie, in particular - in this singular universe. 

Three fans of David Goodis in the new issue of Mondays Duke
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-The trumpeter Erik Truffaz . Before devoting himself later this year to musical readings of works by Marguerite Duras and Charles Bukowski, notably with Sandrine Bonnaire, he will tell us tonight why he ranks Goodis among the greatest American authors . 

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Claude Ventura , who produced in the 80s the mythical emission Cinema, Cinema ... It is within this framework that he carried on a David Goodis anthology investigative journalist with Philippe Garnier in Los Angeles. 
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-Philippe Ghielmetti, creator of independent labels ( Vision Fugitive , including ...) and top-flight graphic artist ... He has participated in editions of the Round Table in shaping Back to David Goodis , Philippe Garnier, Which never let go of its author-fetish, recently published.