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September 2009

Revisiting Roughneck

At least once a year I re-read Roughneck (Knopf, originally published in 1954), the second volume of noir author Jim Thompson’s autobiography. I first found


Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas can be a scary place to live, sort of like Bakersfield except with continuous sunshine and slot machines in every corner market. William


Lovesong by Elizabeth Jolley

I was reading a secondhand library-sale copy of Elizabeth Jolley’s 1997 novel Lovesong when it came to me, somewhere around page 90, that this book was


Nine Booze-Soaked Books

Putting aside obvious selections like Charles R. Jackson’s The Lost Weekend, Malcolm Lowry’s harrowing Under the Volcano, or essentially anything written by Charles


James Patterson Learns His Fate: Chained to a Typewriter

All James Patterson wants for Christmas this year is an IBM Selectric, several drums of teletype paper, and maybe an espresso machine. The Hachette Book


Stalked by Zhivago

Ever feel like a certain title is following you? Strategically placing itself on bookstore shelves and friends’ bookcases just to block your path? Last weekend


Baseball and the Zen of Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan came to mind tonight while watching the Dodgers-Padres game on TV. God knows how baseball and a British novelist intersect but such are


Obsession, Hope and Glory: Percy Fawcett’s Excellent Adventure

Fawcett explored so people unlike him didn’t have to; Grann puts all the pieces together so people like us don’t have to.


August 2009

Dominic Dunne on Dominick Dunne

They shared a name, and, it appears, a sort-of friendship. Big-time, big-name journalist Dominick Dunne, who died last week aged 83, is remembered in this article


Bible Readings for the Home Circle

We went by the butcher and greengrocer and at the charity shop near the station I abandoned a copy of Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Knox


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