Saturday, November 20, 2010
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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
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.
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.
Posted by Lou Boxer at 5:56 PM
Tuesday, November 2, 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