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.
I just finished reading Dark Passage (it was also a Bogart–Bacall film that I don’t recall seeing; I probably did, just don’t recall it).
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
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