Monday, October 20, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week




don’t trust anybody
over thirty
or
under thirty
or
thirty

          Donald E. Westlake
          “The Hardboiled Dicks”
          1982

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



We all do the best we can, and
sometimes the best we can do is
make a mistake.

          Donald E. Westlake
          unfinished autobiography

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



She despised men
she could dominate,
but began to think
there was no other kind.

          Thomas Berger
          Sneaky People
          1975

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



A hostage,
was a chance.

          Gil Brewer
          Memory of Passion
          1962 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book Review: Donald E. Westlake, Get Real (2009)



The career of John Dortmunder came to an unexpected end with the sudden death of Donald E. Westlake on December 31, 2008. The final novel in the series, Get Real, was published the following year, and it hits a fitting final note. Get Real’s premise, which is both silly and inspired (always a delicate balance in Westlake’s world), finds Dortmunder and crew as stars of a fledgling reality TV show. The novel’s ending (no real spoilers here) has Dortmunder and Andy Kelp walking off into a New York City sunset. Admittedly, I may have imagined the sunset, but having come to the end of this wonderful series, can you blame me? Grade: A-

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



a figure
like
a bra

          James Hadley Chase
          No Orchids for Miss Blandish
          1939

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pulp Poem of the Week



The secret of great fortunes
without apparent cause
is a crime forgotten,
for it was properly done.

          Honoré de Balzac
          Le Père Goirot
          1835
          (translated by Ellen Marriage)