RARA-AVIS: what's a good first willeford?

From: Peter Davis ( yourflesh@worldnet.att.net)
Date: 03 Jan 2001

> My vote would have to go to "Cockfighter" or "The Burnt Orange Heresy," the
> latter of which I've had much success in snaring friends into the fold as fans.
> From there on out either or makes it a relative no-brainer. You're either
> hooked or not... New Your Flesh (#44) out in just a few more weeks. We've got a
> swell piece on Barbara Seranella this time out. Sample issues are only $5
> post-paid. Write me off list if anyone of you are interested... -Peter

> Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 13:24:08 -0600
> From: kip.stratton@ni.com
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: what's a good first willeford?
> Chris Bahn wrote: "Intrigued by all the discussion about Charles Willeford
> - - what would be a
> good place to begin reading him?"
> - ----------
> I'd start with the Hoke Mosley novels, in order: MIAMI BLUES, NEW HOPE FOR
> THE DEAD, SIDESWIPE, and THE WAY WE DIE NOW. That will get you started.
> Then you'll want to go backwards and hit the two early-'70s classics:
> COCKFIGHTER and THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY. Finally, you'll want to read the
> short memoir, I WAS LOOKING FOR A STREET. I think those seven books (all
> of which are fairly easy reads) will give you a basic grounding in
> Willeford. After you've finished those, I'd pick up anything of his I
> could find.
> Later....Kip

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