Re: RARA-AVIS: New Reads (Doomfox)

Date: 26 Nov 2001

Kerry wrote:

>Mark Sullivan wrote:

>> Kerry,
>> Wasn't Doom Fox the Iceberg Slim book that was published posthumously?
>Yes. Written in 1978, published 1998.
>> Does it have an intro,
>By Ice T. Mostly about T and Slim's influence on him and gangsta rap. Some
>middle-class justification over the depiction of ghetto street-life.
>> does it say why it took so long to see print?
>No. I speculate that it has to do with Slim being lumped in with the
>black-spoiltation movement, and that his marketability, marginal to begin
>with, disappeared as its popularity declined.
>A question for you: can you recommend any others like Slim?


This is my first post. I read that there is a lawsuit over this book (I found it on the web on (dated September 4, 2001, the headline is Iceberg's Kin Disagree: Is It the Real Slim, or Shady?)): Camille Mary Beck (Iceberg Slim's eldest daughter) alleges that Doomfox was not written by her father, but rather by her stepmother's (Diane Millman Beck) brother. The brother in question is Dan Millman: the article calls him "a well-known New Age writer." Diane Beck says that Robert Beck did write it before she met him (they married in '82) and that it was never published because he had a falling out with Holloway House. Anyway, the suit names Camille's sister Melody, the stepmother and 2 publishers.

I joined this list to find out in particular about more writers like Iceberg Slim, Donald Goines and Chester Himes. I just checked out 3 books on African-American detective novels this weekend: Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes by Paula Woods; The Blues Detective by Stephen Soitos, and Out of the Woodpile by Frankie Bailey. I also intend to get more books from Norton Old School Books, Canongate's Payback Press, and Holloway House. However, I did not join this list simply to for African-American fiction, after reading recent posts, I picked up on omnibus of Dashiell Hammett.

Interestingly to recent topics on the list, PBS just had the movies The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep on 2 Sundays afternoons this month.


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