The Employment Score

A quick personal note.


As long-time readers know, I’ve been struggling ever since the economy collapsed at the end of 2008. I’ve managed to get by on freelance gigs, contract work, and occasionally the grace of God, but I’ve had nothing like a permanent, stable position. Throw in selling a house […]

Fourth (fourteenth?) anniversary

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 as […]

University of Chicago Press releases Parker character guide

I haven’t had time to look at it yet, and don’t have time even to find a graphic to illustrate this post like I usually do, but I wanted to get this posted ASAP on more than just Twitter.

In order to celebrate fifty years of Parker, and on the eve of the release of […]

When… (fifty years of Parker)

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 a […]

100 beautiful British dust jackets

Nearly seven months ago now, I created a new permanent page over on Existential Ennui (my personal books blog, as if you didn’t know), dedicated to the finest examples of British dust jacket design—or rather, my idea of the finest examples, taken from my own collection of books, and including a fair […]

London Paperback & Pulp Bookfair 2012

Since Trent’s currently in the process of confirming, cataloging, and showcasing every single sleaze paperback Donald E. Westlake ever wrote (under various pseudonyms), I thought I’d take the opportunity to draw the attention of British VWoP readers (and any vacationing Americans) to a forthcoming event where there’s guaranteed to be a fine […]

“Music to Parker to” filler post, plus site update

I’ll start with the stuff that isn’t “me, me, me,” then get on to “me, me, me.”

A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a reader who asked what sort of music one would play to accompany the Parker novels.

I honestly haven’t a clue. I seem to have lost the ability […]

I am going on hiatus (but Nick is not)

Hey, all!

Just a quick note to let you know that the move I’ve mentioned a couple of times here has commenced. I was waiting for the Darwyn Cooke interview to be finished and published before beginning in earnest, and now that that’s complete, it’s time to get going. All my Parkers (and all my […]

The worst filler post ever, featuring The Chambers Brothers

It looks like I’m selling my house and moving, and it looks like this is going to be a very complicated affair. At the end of it all (likely three months, maybe more) this is going to be a very good thing, but during that time period, it’s going to […]

A quick personal note


Apologies for the light posting here lately. Nick has picked up some of my slack, thank goodness, but I try to do more and I haven’t.

I haven’t had a lot of time for reading and writing lately. Nothing bad’s going on. I’ve just been busy, although I should confess that some burnout […]