Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Pellecanos (and Adams)

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 05 Feb 2000

I can second the recommendation of Pharr. I went through a brief thing with the Old School Book reissue line and found many of them disappointing -- many of these writers were just not that good. But Pharr's the real deal. The only one I've read is GIVEADAMN BROWN but it's a keeper, sort of a more surrealistic Donald Goines tale. Since Maura, who knows her stuff, has recommended SRO, I'll probably add that to my list, too.


--- Maura McMillan <> wrote:
> Mark!
> robert deane pharr was a professional waiter who had
> a college education
> and wrote novels. his books were published late 60s
> into the 70s. nobody
> seems to know where he is, if he's alive or dead or
> something else. anyway,
> if you are a reader of the real thing, look for him
> - titles are SRO
> (meaning single room occupancy), the soul murder
> case, giveadamn brown, and
> the book of numbers. that last one he write first,
> and is my least fav.
> though it is very interesting. i like best SRO,
> which is grim, grim, grim,
> an endless, remorseless hammering-away of daily
> existence in a
> cheap-fortified-wine-heroin-and-hooker-ridden
> environment. it feels very
> autobiographical but since i know nothing about
> pharr......
> old school books has reprinted giveadamn brown and
> SRO.


===== Doug Bassett
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