Re: RARA-AVIS: 20s month: Jim Tully

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 28 Oct 2002

<<In a similar vein is Jack Black's YOU CAN'T WIN (1926), the autobiography of a thieving con-artist drug addict. Has anyone read that? How's it stand as an example of hardboiled non-fiction? It's been back in print for a couple of years and I just got a copy.>>

It's a good read, though stylistically it's far from what we call the hardboiled style (Twain-Hemingway-Hammett). The stories he tells are fascinating. That era was really something... compared to that, our eccentrics/square mile ratio is puny. On the other hand, we surpass it in losers and whiners.



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