Re: RARA-AVIS: Noircon, Femmes Fatale, and David Goodis's "The Professional M...

Date: 07 Apr 2008

  In a message dated 4/6/2008 12:25:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

I spent most of yesterday at Noircon in Philadelphia.

I not only chatted with old friends Reed Coleman and Eddie Muller, who knows noir as well as anyone I've ever heard about, but a I had lunch at the same, very small table with Vicki Hendricks and Christa Faust, and I finally met Megan Abbott. (These three women are arguably the vanguard of the new female noir.) All three were on the femme fatale panel.

OK, enough name dropping.

One terrific segment included back-to-back showings of half-hour TV versions of Goodis's "The Professional Man." One from HBO and another from Showtime.

They were interesting takes. The Showtime version, with screenplay by Harold Rodman, who was present, and directed by Steven Sonderberg, was the far edgier of the pieces. The rolls were all male and the actors included Brendan Frasier and Peter Coyote.

Ironically, in spite of the role reversal in the Rodman version, it was truer to the story than the the one with screenplay by Nicholas Kazan, that starred Christian Slater and Bridget Fonda.

A copy of Goodis's story was in one of the anthology "magazines" of MURDALAND, which was in my convention book bag.

I drove up to Philly for the day, and obviously missed much of it, but what I saw and experienced was excellent.

Jack Bludis

It was great to meet you, Jack! For everyone, Noircon was fantastic, intimate and one of a kind. All real noir people. I've met very few writers who are not wonderful people, but for some reason, as a group, the people who write the dirtiest and darkest are the nicest. Not to forget, the great readers who were present! I bet Lou Boxer and Deen Kugan will have to limit the number next year so Noircon doesn't grow too big. Vicki Vicki

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