Monday, July 9, 2007

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

More accurately, it's Los Angeles in all its faded glory. Our city of fallen angels finds its neo-noir cynicism resurrected in the harsh light of my latest column at Bookslut. You can read all about lawyers, guns and money and bask in some thoughtful interviews with a couple of real pros: noir writers Richard Lange (Dead Boys) and Denise Hamilton (Los Angeles Noir). Just tune in to "Radio Noir."

Elsewhere in the issue, Tony Dushane conducts an enlightening interview with Miranda July (No One Belongs Here More Than You), Sarah Woehler Michaud talks with Ron Currie Jr. (God is Dead), and Alexis Wiggins deconstructs the bankruptcy of Publisher’s Group West. In reviews, a host of new titles are flayed alive including books by Chuck Palahniuk, Nicola Griffin, and Pagan Kennedy. Finally, in other columns, Jeff Vandermeer runs the alternative comics gauntlet, Colleen Mondor gives a posse of “Creative Souls” the once-over, and Paul Kincaid wonders if anyone knows what science fiction is anymore.

Next month, I’m diving into the deep end with books by William Gibson and Warren Ellis, among miscellanous other iconoclasts and misanthropes. Wish me luck; I think I’ll need it.

UPDATE: Little, Brown has posted the entirety of Richard Lange's story "Fuzzyland" online. Go read it.

No comments: