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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Be A Part of the Last NoirCon Before the End of the World!

Most ancient civilizations found a way of marking time to predict changes that would affect their survival and destinies. These 'calendars' were often linked with one or more gods, who at some point in their progression, would return. Today, as human consciousness evolves in the age of healing, awareness, technology and reasoning, our attention is riveted to one calendar in particular, the Mayan Long Calendar, as something within its end time date, resonates for many souls. The date is December 21, 2012.


And before that date happens, you will have had the opportunity to have lived through the 2012 Presidential Elections.  The date is November 6, 2012.



So be sure to mark you calendar for another great NoirCon in 2012.  The date is November 8th through November 11th.  Tell all your friends and watch here for more information.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NoirCon 2012

NOIRCON
2012




November 8th
to 
November 11th, 2012





"Years down the pike, the boast will be: NoirCon 2012.  I was there."



George Pelecanos
Johnny Temple



Ken Bruen
Dennis McMillan


GET YOUR NOIRCON 2010 ON! A TASTE OF NOIRCON 2010

NoirCon 2010

Johnny Temple PHILADELPHIA NOIR and Carlin Romano

Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Day 4
By Cullen Gallagher
The final day of NoirCon got off to a spectacular start with Fantomas at 99: The Lord of Terror, a panel about the famed French arch-criminal that has appeared in numerous books, comics, and movies over the past century. ...







Deadlier Than the Male - NoirCon Report: Part 1
By Christa Faust
NoirCon is like a gay bar. You never get that awkward moment in a conversation where the other person says something like, "I don't read authors that use the f-word." You know walking in the door that everyone in the room is into the ...
Deadlier Than the Male - http://faustfatale.livejournal.com/




pattinase: A FEW NOIRCON PHOTOS
By pattinase (abbott)
A FEW NOIRCON PHOTOS. Add Image. Posted by pattinase (abbott) at 5:23 PM. Labels: noirconphotos-or those that came out. 7 comments: Paul D. Brazill said... My god, look at Ashley's tie! Bet he had to leave Australia just to be able to ...
pattinase - http://pattinase.blogspot.com/


The Education of a Pulp Writer: Noircon Photos Plus
By David Cranmer
Noircon Photos Plus. Patti Abbott is featuring some photos taken at Noircon. Of course, one stands out to me above the others. Thanks, Patti! # Also More on Round One from Alec Cizak. Posted by David Cranmer at 9:16 PM ...
The Education of a Pulp Writer - http://davidcranmer.blogspot.com/
Do Some Damage: NoirCon 2010: Stuff I learned
By Steve Weddle
Apparently Cam had been making use of the facilities at the NoirCon HQ (Society Hill Playhouse) when an elderly gentleman unflapped his khakis and flopped out his johnson "like a stubby jumprope," Cam said. ...
Do Some Damage - http://dosomedamage.blogspot.com/
 Male NoirCon Report - Sharing Stream, Real-time Sharing, Trending ...
Deadlier Than the Male - NoirCon Report: Part 1 ... NoirCon is like a gay bar. You never get that awkward moment in a conversation where the other person ...
secure.sharethis.com/stream?q=Male_NoirCon_Report
Twitter Trackbacks for Deadlier Than the Male - NoirCon Report ...
Christa Faust's torrid confessions from the underbelly of the pulp racket.
topsy.com/faustfatale.livejournal.com/247721.html






noircon Videos - WittySparks
click to play video. George Pelecanos Reads David Goodis · click to play video. Robert Polito Reads Kenneth Fearing NoirCon 2010.mov ...
videos.wittysparks.com/tag/noircon
 Do Some Damage: NoirCon 2010: Stuff I learned
By Steve Weddle
Apparently Cam had been making use of the facilities at the NoirCon HQ (Society Hill Playhouse) when an elderly gentleman unflapped his khakis and flopped out his johnson "like a stubby jumprope," Cam said. ...
Do Some Damage - http://dosomedamage.blogspot.com/
Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Day 3
By Cullen Gallagher
Day 2 of NoirCon 2010 ended with a great, low-key hang in the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel. Now, that made getting up for Day 3 a little tough on only 4 hours of sleep, but it was well worth it for Keynote Speaker Joan M. Schenkar's ...
Pulp Serenade - http://www.pulpserenade.com/
Black Irish Blarney: NOIRCON: 2010
By Kieran Shea
NOIRCON: 2010. To Lou and all those who worked so hard to put on an amazing micro-con, thank you! Yes, there will be much rehashing in the days ahead but (wow) what a great time. 3.5 days steeped in so much wackiness, so much Goodis, ...
Black Irish Blarney - http://kieranjamesshea.blogspot.com/
 Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Video 2: George Pelecanos Reads David Goodis
By Cullen Gallagher
NoirCon Video 2: George Pelecanos Reads David Goodis. George Pelecanos, recipient of the David L. Goodis Award at the 2010 NoirCon, reads an excerpt from Goodis' The Wounded and the Slain....
Pulp Serenade - http://www.pulpserenade.com/
Detectives Beyond Borders: From Noircon to Philadelphia Noir
By Peter Rozovsky
If you're in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, a bunch of authors will head straight from Noircon to the Moonstone Arts Center/Robin's Bookst0re t0 read from Philadelphia Noir, latest in Akashic Books' city noir series. ...
Detectives Beyond Borders - http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

 
SECRET DEAD BLOG: Friday at NoirCon 2010
By Swierczy
Friday at NoirCon 2010. Not everyone is lucky enough to be hanging in Philadelphia this weekend, so pay attention to this space (and my Twitter feed at twitter.com/swierczy) for updates throughout the weeekend. ...
SECRET DEAD BLOG - http://secretdead.blogspot.com/
Detectives Beyond Borders: Noircon Day II: What they said and drank
By Peter Rozovsky
Noircon Day II: What they said and drank. (Help-wanted sign on South Street, Philadelphia. Note to self: Keep looking.) Here are some highlights from #Noircon2010: David Goodis "seemed like the real thing." — George Pelecanos ...
Detectives Beyond Borders - http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/
 Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Day 1
By Cullen Gallagher
NoirCon 2010 is off to a great start! The 4-day event fittingly kicked off with Larry Withers' terrific new documentary, David Goodis...To a Pulp. When Withers' mother, Elaine, passed away, he and his family discovered a family secret ...
Pulp Serenade - http://www.pulpserenade.com/
SECRET DEAD BLOG: Friday at NoirCon 2010
By Swierczy
Friday at NoirCon 2010. Not everyone is lucky enough to be hanging in Philadelphia this weekend, so pay attention to this space (and my Twitter feed at twitter.com/swierczy) for updates throughout the weeekend. ...
SECRET DEAD BLOG - http://secretdead.blogspot.com/
The Voices in My Head: NoirCon - Day One
By Ian Ayris
NoirCon - Day One. Over at Pulp Seranade, Cullen Gallagher reports on the first day at NoirCon2010. Click here, and be very, very jealous of everyone who's made it to Philly. Bastards,. Posted by Ian Ayris at 10:24 ...
The Voices in My Head - http://ianayris.blogspot.com/
Twitter / Christa Faust: NoirCon Report: Part 2: Th ...
NoirCon Report: Part 2: The real action at any con is in the bar and NoirCon was no exception. Smuggling Butch i... http://bit.ly/9JPDZ8.


Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Day 1
By Cullen Gallagher
NoirCon 2010 is off to a great start! The 4-day event fittingly kicked off with Larry Withers' terrific new documentary, David Goodis...To a Pulp. When Withers' mother, Elaine, passed away, he and his family discovered a family secret ...
Pulp Serenade - http://www.pulpserenade.com/

 
Detectives Beyond Borders: Pre-con recon at Noircon
By Peter Rozovsky
Pre-con recon at Noircon. #Noircon2010 starts Thursday evening, but a few of us got an early start Wednesday with a reading from Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. I didn't know "Cashiers . ...
Detectives Beyond Borders - http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/
Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Pre-Gaming
By Cullen Gallagher
Over the course of the next several days, Pulp Serenade will be attending NoirCon in Philadelphia. I am very excited for the event. On Friday morning, I will also be moderating an hour-long conversation with author William Heffernan, ...
Pulp Serenade - http://www.pulpserenade.com/
By Mike White
During the festivities copies of Impossibly Funky will be available via Farley's Bookshop who will be on sight for the event. Posted by Mike White at 8:00 AM Bookmark and Share. Labels: Noircon ...
By Peter Rozovsky
DBB welcomes Noircon. Early arrivals are on their way to #Noircon2010 in Philadelphia, which opens Thursday evening. Here's what they can expect when they get here. See you at the hotel bar and the P&P. © Peter Rozovsky 2010 ...
Detectives Beyond Borders - http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/
 

 A K A S H I C _ B O O K S: NoirCon 2010
By Akashic Books
AKASHIC BOOKS at NOIRCON! Fri., Nov. 5 at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th St. -- 10:15 - 11:15am: Philadelphia Noir editor Carlin Romano, with contributors Keith Gilman, Duane Swierczynski, Meredith Anthony, Dennis Tafoya, ...
AKASHIC _ BOOKS - http://akashicbooks.blogspot.com/
 
 SECRET DEAD BLOG: NoirCon, Pre and Post
By Swierczy
This Wednesday night, NoirCon Eve, Mike White will be signing his fantastic Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers Du Cinemart Collection, at Brickbat Books (7 p.m., 709 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia PA 19147). Packed with groovy film writing ...
SECRET DEAD BLOG - http://secretdead.blogspot.com/
The Voices in My Head: Duane Swierczynski on NoirCon
By Ian Ayris
Duane Swierczynski on NoirCon. Mr S. looks forward to NoirCon. To all you lucky so and so's going, click here for Duane's preview. Posted by Ian Ayris at 21:50 · Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google ...
The Voices in My Head - http

 NoirCon 2010 « In the Bookroom
That tribute weekend, GoodisCon, morphed a year later into NoirCon 2008, … Read More. Tags: Akashic Books, authors, crime fiction, David Goodis, ...
blog.libraryjournal.com/inthebookroom/tag/noircon-2010/

Twitter / Stacia Decker: Hmm, between the Noircon w ...
Hmm, between the Noircon weekend and the time change, I'm thinking about going to bed at 9:30PM. I know, I know!
twitter.com/StaciaDecker/status/1821728137289728


pattinase: Some Observations About Noircon 2010
By pattinase (abbott)
Lou Boxer, who organized Noircon along with his partner in crime, Deen Kogan, has to be the least pretentious doctor in the country. Perhaps the least pretentious person. From the look on his face for seventy-two hours, it was clear he ...
pattinase - http://pattinase.blogspot.com/

Deadlier Than the Male - NoirCon Report: Part 2
By Christa Faust
The real action at any con is in the bar and NoirCon was no exception. Smuggling Butch into the Doubletree Hotel bar turned out to be way easier than I thought. I zipped him up inside his Sherpa carry bag to sneak him past the front ...
Deadlier Than the Male - http://faustfatale.livejournal.com/

 pattinase: A FEW NOIRCON PHOTOS
By pattinase (abbott)
A FEW NOIRCON PHOTOS. Add Image. Posted by pattinase (abbott) at 5:23 PM. Labels: noirconphotos-or those that came out. 7 comments: Paul D. Brazill said... My god, look at Ashley's tie! Bet he had to leave Australia just to be able to ...
pattinase - http://pattinase.blogspot.com/
Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Day 4
By Cullen Gallagher
The final day of NoirCon got off to a spectacular start with Fantomas at 99: The Lord of Terror, a panel about the famed French arch-criminal that has appeared in numerous books, comics, and movies over the past century. ...
Pulp Serenade - http://www.pulpserenade.com/
Detectives Beyond Borders: What was new at Noircon / #Noircon2010 ?
By Peter Rozovsky
What was new at Noircon / #Noircon2010 ? For me, it was: Meeting: Hillary Davidson, Jedidiah Ayres, Cullen Gallagher, Cameron Ashley, Meredith Anthony, Jared Case, Lawrence Light, Wallace Stroby, Larry Withers, Steve Weddle, Todd Mason. ...
Detectives Beyond Borders - http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/
Deadlier Than the Male - NoirCon Report: Part 1
By Christa Faust
NoirCon is like a gay bar. You never get that awkward moment in a conversation where the other person says something like, "I don't read authors that use the f-word." You know walking in the door that everyone in the room is into the ...
Deadlier Than the Male - http://faustfatale.livejournal.com/
The Education of a Pulp Writer: Noircon Photos Plus
By David Cranmer
Noircon Photos Plus. Patti Abbott is featuring some photos taken at Noircon. Of course, one stands out to me above the others. Thanks, Patti! # Also More on Round One from Alec Cizak. Posted by David Cranmer at 9:16 PM ...
The Education of a Pulp Writer - http://davidcranmer.blogspot.com/
Pulp Serenade: NoirCon Pictures
By Cullen Gallagher
The NoirCon Bookstand, courtesy of Farley's Bookshop - this is only a fragment of the books they brought along! A great selection that included books by all of the panelists. If only I had won the lottery before I attended. ...
Pulp Serenade - http://www.pulpserenade.com/
 Detectives Beyond Borders: Noircon 2010: The boys of late autumn
By Peter Rozovsky
Noircon 2010: The boys of late autumn. That's my contribution to the coolest souvenir that anyone took home of #Noircon2010. This is the guy the souvenir belongs to, Steve Weddle. He chose an appropriate memento given that baseball, ...
Detectives Beyond Borders - http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/
hardboiled wonderland: The Streets of Philadelphia
By jedidiah ayres
Anybody who hasn't already should truck on over to Do Some Damage and check out Steve Weddle's recap of NoirCon 2010. He captured the vibe from my coin-fed bed pretty well. Over at Ransom Notes, (where there was an unfortunate I'm ...
hardboiled wonderland - http://spaceythompson.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New 42nd Street Studios Presents SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER 11/16





This Tuesday, November 16, at the New 42nd Street Studios, a new musical, Shoot the Piano Player, will be presented in two readings. This is a jazz-infused musical adaptation of David Goodis' novel Down There which was the inspiration for Francois Truffaut's famous French New Wave film. Goodis was a prolific writer of several novels and screenplays (Dark Passage which was adapted for the screen with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and later for television with David Janssen as The Fugitive, The Unfaithful and as well as an unproduced adaptation of The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler). His writing captures the gritty underbelly of a city, particularly his hometown Philadelphia.
In this version of the telling, which is set in the l950s, Eddie is a washed-up classical pianist playing gigs at a Southside bar in Philadelphia. When his estranged brother gets in trouble, Eddie, against his will, is dragged into his brother's seedy world and is forced to flee for his life. 
Shoot the Piano Player is a moving portrait of a man facing the demons of his past, the loss of loved ones, race and struggling for survival in a world gone mad. 
Under the spell of the story, which has long been recognized as one of the best noir fictions, Margot Harley optioned the novel and began putting a creative team together. David Sherman, the composer, has worked with Angela Lansbury on an Evening of Dorothy Parker, wrote "Together Just Like This" for Billy Stritch and with his band toured the U.S. and UK for six years and produced three albums. Lois Walden, a songwriter and author of the recently published novel One More Stop published by Arcadia Books, wrote the lyrics. She has written for Kathleen Battle, Dionne Warwick, and wrote the lyrics for American Dreams Lost and Found by Studs Terkel. Charles Smith is currently represented at Woodie King's New Federal Theatre with Knock Me a Kiss. Earlier his Joseph Jefferson award-winning play Free Man of Color was presented at 59E59 as the newly titled Freed; an Off-Broadway production is planned. The director, Carlos Armesto, is Artistic Director of Theatre C, a New York City-based company devoted to creating arresting theatre from unusual and unexpected collaborations. Recent productions, which Carlos directed include The Who's Tommy and Kingdom. Theatre C also won three Innovative Theatre Awards for its inaugural production of Jesse Zaritt's Binding, which was part of the soloNOVA Arts Festival at Performance Space 122 in May of this year. Carlos Armesto won the Princess Grace Special Project Award, 2010, for Theatre C's next production of Kyoung H. Park's disoriented, which will be presented in February 2011 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.
The cast includes Matthew Hydzik, who is currently Tony in West Side Story, and will be playing the lead of Eddie. Nikki James, who is playing the love interest Lena, just finished shooting an episode of 30 Rock. Derek Smith (Feather/Woodling) is starring in the role of Scar in The Lion King. Natalie Venetia Belcon (Harriet) was the brilliant Gary Coleman in Avenue Q. Other cast members includeThomas Cannizzaro, Anthony Fusco, Amirah Vann, Doug Eskew, C. Mingo Long, Starr J. Busby, Kent Overshown, and Curtis Wiley, Jr.
For additional information contact Margot Harley. For Producer reservations, please RSVP at rsvp@theatrec.org or call Theatre C's reservation line at (646) 237-6973.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

NOIRCON 2010 Printed Programs by Jeff Wong, Deen Kogan and Lou Boxer

The bar has been set for the printed program.  
NoirCon 2010's printed program pays homage to David Goodis' 
BLACK FRIDAY (1954) Lion Books.

Cover of BLACK FRIDAY (1954) Lion Books

William "Buffy" Hastings and Julian of Farley's Bookstore.  
NoirCon Booksellers Extraordinaire!

NOIRCON 2010 by Deen Kogan, Jeff Wong and Lou Boxer arrive for distribution!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pelecanos reads Goodis at NoirCon 2010


What is Noir?

George Pelecanos reads from THE WOUNDED AND THE SLAIN (originally published in 1955 and reprinted by Hard Case Crime in 2007) by David Goodis (age 38 in 1955), Chapter 12, page 179:

He had no idea where he was going.  He was waiting for anyone at all to come up and ask for money.  There were moments when it occurred to him that he had no logical reason for handing out money.  That in itself was a satisfying thought;  he wasn't interested in logical reasons.  To do anything logically was too much of an effort, and when people followed that pattern they were only kidding themselves.  Coming down to the core of it, this thing called logic or common sense or normal behavior or whatever you wanted to call it was nothing more than a blindfold that covered the inner eye.  It kept people from seeing themselves, every goddamn one of them here in Kingston and in all of Jamaica, in all of the continent and the hemisphere and let's take  it all the way and say both hemispheres.  So if the question is asked, What's it amount to?  the answer comes sliding out easily:  It's just a merry-go-round that stops every now and then for some to get off and others to get on, and no matter how much you pay for your ticket, no matter how many brass rings you snatch, it's only a matter of time before your place is taken by the next customer emerging from the womb to start the ride.  So in the final analysis, it's merely the process of being taken for a ride, and despite all the bright colors and the hurdy-gurdy music, despite the gleeful yells  as the amusement machine goes round and round, the windup is a hole in the ground where the night crawlers get awfully hungry when it rains.



http://www.pulpserenade.com/2010/11/noircon-video-2-george-pelecanos-reads.html

My own favorite Goodis piece that echoes this same feeling was seen echoed in 1939 (Goodis was 22 at the time) in his first book entitled RETREAT FROM OBLIVION, chapter 8, page 132:

     In his room he pushed the bed close to the window.  He raised the pillow so that he could lie there and look out at the city lights.  Down there they blazed and flickered green yellow blue orange red against the dark curtain of street and night sky.
     While the lights flickered and blazed people were weeping, laughing, screaming and sighing, loving and hating.  In a hundred years these people would be gone and the lights would be gone.  But there would be new lights and there would be new people.  The same story would go on.  It had been going on for hundreds of thousands of years.
    It was the story told of people in cities, on farms, in hills and in battlefields.  They were good, they were bad, they were good again, and before they knew it they were dead and it didn't matter what they had been  or what they had done.  They might have gone through a lifetime without telling a lie, or they might have existed for twenty-three years and then gone on a killing spree and murdered five women and been electrocuted.  But it didn't matter after the heart had stopped beating.  It was all over, this show, and someone else was just beginning  it some place else.
     Everybody passed through it, kings and beggars, rats and elephants.  When it was all over there was the body still, with the eyes open or the eyes closed.  That didn't matter either.  The eyes did not see anything.  It was really all over and nothing could be done about it.
 
 
 

Johnny Temple wins the Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence in Publishing 2010

George Pelecanos wins the 2010 David Loeb Goodis Award



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NoirCon 2010 in Philadelphia Magazine, November 2010

Philadelphia Magazine and NoirCon 2010

David Goodis' canceled stamp in this month's Philadelphia Magazine's Hot Tickets.  The home town hero is recognized in the local magazine 43 years after his death.  Come and join us for NoirCon this weekend.



Tickets are still available.
Register by calling 215-923-0211