Category Archives: Forgotten Writers

Stomatopoda (or the editor as killer crustacean)

I translated Ingrid Astier’s essay which honors Aurélien Masson, the editor at Gallimard’s la Série Noire imprint. While the translation was intended to appear in the proceeds from NOIRCON 2016, space and printing costs excluded it. Masson received the David … Continue reading

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The Wedge Through Society

Nobody had expected the French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century to become the bestseller that it did in 2014, yet another bestseller from yesteryear is equally relevant, equally incisive in its analysis, though its prose is difficult … Continue reading

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The Twice-Murdered Dream

Richard Yates chronicled the American Dream from the inside, as he knew and lived it; he was an American writer. Compared to Chekhov and considered the poor man’s Fitzgerald for his style, Yates received praise from the likes of Andre … Continue reading

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Jagged Ice: The Works of Iceberg Slim

Ever discover an author who made you feel like as if you’ve been living under a rock? And I don’t mean just discovering good writing, but, to quote Hammett, “like somebody had taken the lid off life and let [you] … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Woman: The Voice of South Africa

A famous man took the podium and read a poem entitled “Die kind” (The Child). He did this on an august occasion, the celebration of a new chapter in his nation’s history: a now freely elected parliament would see South … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Woman: Dorothy Salisbury Davis

The Twenties had the Lost Generation; the Fifties had the Beat Generation, yet all through the Thirties, Forties and well into the Sixties and Seventies, there was a group of women writers of crime fiction less talked about, less read … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Woman: The Case of The Neglected Author

A young girl has a secret life as a detective. Is it Veronica Mars, or Nancy Drew? Nope. An intrusive spinster solves crimes, and a middle-aged man hires mysterious help with names like Q for Query and Fobbs, because he’s … Continue reading

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