Re: RARA-AVIS: Jack Black

Date: 05 Jan 2006

Tribe wrote:

"Anyone ever read Jack Black's You Can't Win? All I know about it is that is was influential on William S. Burroughs and he was something of a early twentieth century bad-ass."

Jack Black wrote a book? Is it the novelization of the upcoming Tenacious D movie?

Bad joke aside, I have read You Can't Win. It's a turn of the 20th century memoir about the criminal underworld -- hobo jungles, short cons, pickpockets, whores, etc. It's an engaging read once you get used to the dime novel diction, which can seem a bit stilted to more modern ears, well, at least these modern ears. And it's easy to see its influence on Burroughs, especially in the colorful character names.


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