Here’s another filler post! Hey, at least it’s a post. I’m hoping to have something really special next week if I have time on Monday evening to get it edited and formatted, but this bit of ephemera will have to do in the meantime.
This is the press release for the graphic novel [...]
As I try to get back into the groove of regular reading, writing, and posting following one of the most eventful six months or so of my life, I’m grateful for diversions like this, from reader Michael C, that give me both a chuckle and an easy post:
I thought that [...]
From Levi Stahl, Our Man at the University of Chicago Press:
…I’ve just signed a contract with the University of Chicago Press (my employer when I’m wearing my publicist’s hat) to edit a volume of Donald Westlake’s nonfiction–a celebratory miscellany, sort of like the wonderful Charles Portis volume that [...]
Lots of stuff going on in my so-called “real life” at the moment, so this post is late and a bit more perfunctory than last year’s. But I did want to mark the anniversary, even if it is late.
As I’ve mentioned before, I think of the real anniversary of the current VWOP [...]
While I’m sure there are some critics who do enjoy it, I really hate writing negative reviews.
I’m always aware that even if the book, movie, or album didn’t quite work for me, it represents hundreds if not thousands of hours of hard work for someone, and I don’t think very many people [...]
Bookmark this one: “The Many Lives of Donald Westlake: On the man who created Parker and the quest for the perfect character,” by Michael Weinreb.
I was interviewed for the piece, but that’s not why I’m giving it its own post. (I’m barely quoted, which is fine by me as I’m not a [...]
Update: My opinion isn’t the only one. I’m adding links to thoughts from fellow Parker fans (often quite different from mine) at the bottom of the post.
Parker is terrible.
Almost everything about it is awful. It opens well enough, with a heist set at the Ohio State Fair, [...]
Why is the cover of that bit of bureaucracy posted above?
Because that’s the bit of bureaucracy that contains this:
The hunter, by Richard Stark, pseud. New York, Pocket Books, 155 p. (Permabook edition, M 4272) © Richard Stark; 15Dec62; A607387
Fifty years ago today, a fresh-faced guy in a Chevy offered [...]
NB: A version of this post also appears on Existential Ennui.
Our next Westlake Score, which again came from the recent London Paperback & Pulp Bookfair, is that rarest of things in the Donald E. Westlake bibliography: a short story collection. It’s a 1973 first paperback printing of The Curious Facts [...]
We’re at the end of the confirmed Westlake sleaze catalog with this grab-bag post. Bedside and Nightstand were part of the same operation, and they published the first four books in this post. I don’t know anything about Evening Reader, but they scored the last one.
I will once again defer to the [...]