”Witty and ingenious comics from the exceptionally-talented writer, musician, performer, ventriloquist, and cartoonist Doug Skinner. It’s exciting to finally have these little-seen strips available in one beautiful book. You may be reminded of Voltaire or Ernie Bushmiller while reading these meticulously drawn stories featuring utterly hapless characters, but Mr. Skinner has a style all […]
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_______________________________________________________ Tom Williams has written an engrossing biography: A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler (Chicago Review Press). In Chandler’s hands, hard-boiled crime fiction became art and this book paints a vivid portrait of the author’s life. * * * Two Dashiell Hammett collections provide a sumptuous fix for fans of Sam Spade’s creator. Lost Stories (Vince Emery […]
Here are some of the books I enjoyed reading last year. It’s not a “ten best list” because, hell…who’s counting? SNITCH WORLD by Jim Nisbet PM Press / Green Arcade Series The Miata jumped the curb and sheared off a light pole. That’s the opening sucker punch and this contemporary noir masterpiece just keeps getting better. […]
COUNTER-CULTURE COLOPHON Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde by Loren Glass Stanford University Press The books Grove Press published in the 1960s fueled the cultural and political revolt and changed America. The enormous impact this one renegade publisher had is inconceivable today. We take for granted the freedom to read […]
Over the past few weeks I’ve read a dozen rave reviews of Lawrence Block’s new Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery, THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS. Well that’s fine and dandy, but what about my rave?—this rave—what the hell am I supposed to write when there’s nothing left to say that hasn’t been said already. (OK, that’s […]
Catch the FREE book launch and performance by Doug Skinner tomorrow (Nov. 23) at 5PM at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn. Doug will be reading and signing copies of his illustrated translation of CAPTAIN CAP: HIS ADVENTURES, HIS IDEAS, HIS DRINKS published by Black Scat Books. Fun for all & all for fun—including complimentary Captain […]
Lawrence Block said he wasn’t going to write another Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery, which was sad news around here. But—thank Ra!—he changed his mind. Christmas morning we’re looking forward to this… Watch for a review here, and while you’re waiting you can pre-order the book here.
This is the book we’ve been waiting for! It’s available here.