Quote and Credit

Quote and Credit


True Crud from Newsweek and True Crime from David Jacobs

The Newsweek double issue last week was devoted to true crime, supposedly. Whadda ripoff...is anyone doing any research anymore? I paid $6.95 at the airport and received a mere ONE PAGE from the genius James Ellroy...but several more from Vincent Bugliosi...a yawn every paragraph from this whitewash writer of decades ago who couldn't even take a literary punch from tough-guy Truman Capote. Then a few vintage mug shots, the likes of which photo collectors on Ebay found so long ago they carry about as much shock as a hearing aid battery. I'd rather look at the new ones they post on the Smoking Gun showing pimps smiling through police brutality wounds and gold grills. Please...the reason magazines are going under is because they now "write" them with press-releases from publishers and wire stories linked on Drudge the week before. Don't they even have any INTERNS who know what is cool over there? The real true crime is the price I paid for this snore which crept over me faster than my sonata.

Here, however, is the real deal. David Jacobs, shown as "the man I would most like to have dinner with" compiles tales of true crime when it meant hoodlums, hopheads, hepcats, convicts, jailbirds, reform school girls, hellcats, vixens and vice dolls. All are true stories swiped from the SOURCE...pulp magazines from the 1950's Detective Rags. Each morbid tale written with few words over 7 letters and a punk gets what was coming to him at the end of every damn one. Each story a GEM edited tighter than the lyrics to a Hank Williams weeper. From back when hacks pounded typewriters..that's right....typewriters... on speed and had to backspace to cross out the mistakes in between gulps of vodka and smoke. Back when the spouse was the spell-checker. I link to the fattest one here..355 pages of greasy gals with gats in their garters. Now that's summer reading!

Lurid heaven from David Jacobs.


  1. Hoodlums, hopheads and hepcats - my kinda town.

  2. I read the Miami Vice-like story about the guy whose father was a drug dealer in Newsweek online and it was actually worth reading. The rest of it looked weak, and I've never cared much for Vincent Bugliosi. Also the online version had the writer interviewing his father who is now a homeless and a shadow of himself and it was pretty compelling.
    Anyway, thanks for writing, and I'll look for those books. There's a whole series of true crime books published by Penguin in the 70's. As far as I know it was a 10 volume set, and I've tried finding them, but it's not as easy as I had initially hoped.
    Sorry to ramble on, but thanks for your blog. Pretty great.