Category Archives: Books Publishing and Writing

Pulp Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A book published by the excellent Hard Case Crime, art by Ron Lesser. Author Lester Dent was also the inventor of the Master Pulp Fiction Plot.

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Free Weekend Reads

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Friends o’ the blog Kirsten Mortensen and Lloyd Fonvielle are making their latest short stories available for free through the weekend. You get can get Mortensen’s Elmore Leonard homage Free Money here and Lloyd’s South Seas supernatural pulp thriller Black Pearl … Continue reading

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Questions Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: I spotted this on the shelf at a local bookstore. I’m putting the photos below a page break because I suppose they might be considered NSFW, even though the subject in question was out in the open at … Continue reading

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“Inherent Vice” by Thomas Pynchon

Sax von Stroheim writes: Short enough and readable enough that I sailed through it, but I only ever semi-enjoyed it, and, looking back at it, overall, holistically, it’s a bit of a bummer. Pynchon’s Raymond Chandler/Philip K. Dick trip is … Continue reading

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“The 50 Year Argument” (2014)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Co-directed by Scorsese and David Tedeschi, this is Scorsese’s second documentary chronicling the intellectual and cultural life of New York. Although I enjoyed Scorsese’s PUBLIC SPEAKING, a profile of Fran Leibowitz which I thought was a good evocation … Continue reading

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Vintage Paperback Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Published in 1966. From the back cover: “Where did he go? OUT. What did he do? EVERYTHING. He started with an ex-girl friend and then kept right on going. He didn’t care where — discotheques, cocktail parties, un-husbanded … Continue reading

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Kirsten Mortensen’s Latest

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Kirsten Mortensen’s latest novel, which is about a small chemical engineering company in upstate New York, is very clever. Kirsten’s fiction, which includes idiosyncratic works like “Can Job,” doesn’t fit comfortably into any particular box. That’s part … Continue reading

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