--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tomarmstrongmusic" <tom@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "Jeff Vorzimmer" <jvorzimmer@>
> > I don't think he crammed enough living in those good years to give
> > novels the necessary verisimilitude before retreating to the
> oblivion of the
> > poolhalls of Northeast Philly.
> I don't know that I read Goodis for verisimilitude. the basic plot
> points of almost all of his books go for extremes that push the ol'
> suspension of disbelief way into the red,
I think a novelist can pick up a lot about life in a Northwest Philly
poolhall that would be very useful in writing crime fiction. I may be
prejudiced since I have spent a fair amount of time in pool halls
myself and it seems like fertile territory for a writer.
As for Goodis, I read DOWN THERE and several of his drunk/skid row
novels and I have to say based on that reading the man had lots of
verisimilitude. He certainly knew bars, drunks and the gutter and
wrote about them well.
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