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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs December 4, 2011 - 10:34pm

I assume I can get it from the library through an interlibrary loan (once I get a library card--I just moved to Portland). And I'm also sure my ex-roommate would mail it to me if I asked him to.

No, haven't read Vachss. Besides the Parker books and all of Jack O'Connell's novels except for the last one, I only really like older stuff when it comes to mystery or crime fiction like books by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and In a Lonely Place. I'm a lot more fond of Elmore Leonard's dialogue than his novels as a whole. I do like that TV show that's based on his character, Justified. Oh, and my friend, Jordan Krall, wrote a great/weird crime fiction book called Squid Pulp Blues. He's really into Elmore Leonard and Jim Thompson (but not me as far as Thompson). He's the one who got me into the Parker books, although I had seen the Mel Gibson movie that the first book is based on many years before I read the book.

As far as comic books, Ed Brubaker has written some great crime comics, particularly Criminal.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 4, 2011 - 10:40pm

Ed Brubaker, huh? I'll have to check him out. Vachss is very gritty. You like Parker novels, you'll probably enjoy Vachss. Pared down style and a bleek, dark side of NYC. Violent, grimy and great. Has a whole series, 11? books, with a guy named Burke as the protag. Great, great stuff. And, Vachss knows his shit.