Saturday, June 13, 2015

Peter Rozovsky is a fictional character

John McFetridge's new novel and a galley of Charlie Stella's next one arrived this week, so you know I'll be reading lots of low-key humor the next few days, lots of gorgeous transitions between small jokes and big drama that make both hit even harder.

Here's one example from the McFetridge book, A Little More Free, the scene the aftermath of a fatal fire, relatives learning that their loved ones have died:
"There were other people inside. It was quiet for a minute and then Dougherty heard the crying."
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"`Sixty-five cents for a pint? We should arrest you.'"
Another plus: Unless McFetridge or his publisher, ECW Press, made changes between unbound galley and finished book, the police photographer Rozovsky, a sidekick in McFetridge's Black Rock, gets a first name this time.

© Peter Rozovsky 2015

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12 Comments:

Blogger seana graham said...

Funny, John McFetridge is a nonfictional character in Declan's Burke's latest novel. I'm looking forward to reading A Little More Free as I really liked the first one.

June 13, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

John McFetridge in The Lost and the Blind? I shall have to investigate forthwith. All that meta stuff, of course, started right here.

A Little More Free is just terrific, packing any number of momentous events into a small space but at the same time portraying them as people presumably would have experienced them at the time--that is, without the knowledge we know have of those events, and without the accretion of myth they have since gathered.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

Well, not meta exactly, it's just a passing mention.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I received a note from someone both John and I know that she was enjoying the adventures of Rozovsky the photographer in Black Rock. She did not know I became a photographer only after the book appeared. The man can change the world with his pen. Good thing he didn't make Rozovsky a lowdown thief or some other lowlife.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

Yeah--good thing he's safely stowed away in Canada most of the time too.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Oh, I should mention that on my last trip to Montreal, I met up with an old friend I and not seen in many, many years who, it turns out, is friends with the person who was the inspiration for the Rozovsky character.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

That IS a small world.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Or maybe Montreal is just a small town. Of course, I've heard that said about every big city in North America, just as I have heard it said about every big city that, more than most, it's a city of neighborhoods.

I could imagine the fictional Rozovsky crossing the border to Plattsburgh or Burlington and getting into further adventures from there.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

If he's anything like his namesake he might actually turn up anywhere.

I actually made that very comment regarding neighborhoods about Washington D.C. just yesterday, although I don't think I said unlike other cities. I wonder why we do it. I suppose it must be because seen from outside cities seem very formidable, but once you get there they break down into manageable parts.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I noticed that phenomenon when I moved from Boston, city of neighborhoods, to Philadelphia, city of neighborhoods.

Of course, I think our urban culture at large has become more aware be neighborhoods and diversity in recent years. so the phenomenon may not be due entirely to chauvinism.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

It's interesting that Kramerbooks, which I visited while I was there, had a whole table section of books with titles like Walkable City, and after walking around DC I was very tempted to buy several of them. I think people are getting more interested in getting around cities by bike and by foot than maybe they used to be.

June 14, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Even Philadelphia now has one of those rent-a-bicycle programs and, according to someone, a reputation as one of the country's great cities for cycling. (In fact, much of the city, including the central Center City area, is terrible for cycling because of its old, narrow streets.)

June 14, 2015  

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