Saturday, February 27, 2016
Welcome once again to "Literary Matters," which always stink... until now! Big news for Jimmy and Bill, known and beloved by all "blog" readers, assuming they exist. "Blog" readers, I mean. Bill and Jimmy definitely exist. Here's proof! Jimmy just "landed" a two book deal, starting with his novel GOLDELINE, which is about orphans and bandits and magic! I vow to keep you informed. Meanwhile, Bill's novel GRAVESEND will be published by the renowned French press Rivages as the thousandth volume in their noir series. Jim Thompson wrote the first and James Ellroy wrote the hundredth. So Bill is in good company. Rather, Thompson and Ellroy are in good company. And Rivages is ferrying Bill to France, where they're going to parade him around like a king. Do you think I am kidding? I am not kidding. Here's what the French are saying about GRAVESEND: "Désir, fantasme, désespérance et noirceur sont les maîtres mots de ce roman à la profonde humanité." I don't speak French! But who among us doesn't broil nightly in the realms of désir and fantasme, what with all our profonde humanité and so on? Jimmy and Bill: Good Idea Club members. Coincidence? I'm afraid so. Our next "Literary Matters" shall surely stink again, so until then be sure to partake deeply of the healthy fragrance of deserved success. Bill and Jimmy! Jimmy and Bill!