He’s mentioned David Goodis in interviews and in his novels.
Hammering, hammering, hammering; but what did I know. Goodis couldn’t be that good; he had to be that good; who could really be that good; but if Bruen — Bruen! — said he was good, he had to be good, didn’t he…
All right, enough of my little Goodis pastiche there.
My God! Not only does Goodis write true human beings, not only does he understand human beings, he knows how to glide a knife into a reader’s head and then twist twist twist it. By the end of Dark Passage, I was wrung out!
Goodis did things I’ve never seen any other writer do. Not only is that exciting, it’s the mark of a real writer — a great writer.
I’ve got, thank God!, three other books of his from the NYPL. I hope to get through one of them today and the rest one a day.
Looking for something great to read? Goodis, Goodis, Goodis!
Previously in this blog:
Victor Gischler Has A New Internet Berth
Derek Raymond: He Makes All Others Look Like Shit
Just Read & Now Reading
No More Blogging Today. Blame Author Ken Bruen!
Get The Word, Nerd