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Friday, 20 January 2017

Make It Back Home



                 Someone once said life is all conjunctions, just one damn thing after another. But so much of it's not connected. You're sliding along, hit a bump and come down in a life you don't recognize. Every day you head in a dozen different directions, become a dozen different people ; some of them make it back home that night, others don't.


James Sallis
Black Hornet
1996


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Bad Feelings

   
              You know it was a revelation for me to learn that I don't have to be comfortable. Nowhere is written that I must be comfortable. I also thought that if I felt nervous or anxious or unhappy I had to do something but that's not true. Bad feelings won't kill me. Alcohol will kill me but my feelings won't.


Lawrence Block
Eight Million Ways to Die
1982

Monday, 16 January 2017

Ken Schles





Our Own Appetite


                        ''We will allow the rats to eat the fish'' Proctor said ''believe me when I tell you, that as far as I'm concerned the rats are welcome to that fish, because it stinks. Besides, rats have to eat. We have work for those rats to do and we want them nice and healthy and ready to run fast when we light them off, so we will transcend our own appetite for the fish and let them eat it''.


George V. Higgins
The Rat on Fire
1970

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Everything But Me


My guitar brought us here to Bonmat Texas
     And i bought you everything your eyes could see
But the mansion couldn't hold you
Could nobody's arms to warm you
I guess i gave you everything but me

Better Off When I Was Hungry
(Kirby)
Merle Haggard
1974

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Viggo Mortensen

A History of Violence

Two Faces of January

 Eastern Promises


A Perfect Murder


Indian Runner

Friday, 13 January 2017

In the End You Wonder


              Every day you amass knowledge in a frantic race against death that death will win. You want to find out everything in the time you have : yet in the end you wonder why you bothered, it'll all be lost. I keep trying to explain this to anyone who will listen. 

Derek Raymond
He Died with His Eyes Open
1984

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Jack Vettriano

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Better Not to Know


Took Over the Place

 
       'Thanks' I said. 'You're an oasis Charles, an Eight Avenue oasis'
       Someone in a booth had dropped a nickel in a juke slot. It was the only good record in the box, the Bechet version of  'Summertime'. The haunting tone of Sydney's clarinet took over the place. I looked around to see if it was Shirley. She was always playing it. She was sitting in a booth by herself, listening to the music.

Budd Schulberg
The Harder they Fall
1947

Friday, 30 December 2016

People in Hell


                                      There's people in hell who want ice water.

The Man with the Golden Arm
Nelson Algren
1949

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Frank Sinatra
The Man with the Golden Arm 1955
 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Something May Happen


            There is no new experience in life. Something may happen to you that you think has never happened before, that you think is brand new, but you are mistaken. You have only to see or smell or hear or feel a certain something and you will discover that this experience that you thought was new has happened before.


Horace McCoy
They Shoot Horses Don't they ?
1935

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Past Saturday Night


I want a Sunday kind of love
A love to last past Saturday night
And I'd like to know
It's more than love at first sight
And I want a Sunday kind of love
Oh yeah, yeah

Sunday Kind of Love
(Prima/Nye/Rhodes/Bell)
Etta James




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FC Gundlach
1951

Monday, 26 December 2016

In the Backwoods

Matewan
 
Paris Trout

 Hard Times

Lawless

Boxcar Bertha
 
Deliverance
 
Thieves Like Us

The Grissom Gang
 

Bloody Mama