Sunday, March 06, 2016

Carpool to Hell: A day with David Goodis and his friends

Roosevelt Memeorial Park, Trevose, Pa. (Photos by Peter Rozovsky)
Edward G. Pettit
Tony Knighton, Ed Pettit, Cullen Gallagher
Excellent fun Sunday on the annual Carpool to Hell in honor of David Goodis' 99th birthday. Stimulating conversation with Lou Boxer (Dr. NOIRCON), Jay A Gertzman, Edward G Pettit, Cullen Gallagher, Tony Knighton, Daniel Wolkow, and more fellow carpoolers, shopping at the great Port Richmond Books, and the most gin I have ever drunk before 4:30 in the afternoon. That's a pretty good day, and we can talk more about it on March 19 at Noir at the Bar: The Final Curtain: Society Hill Playhouse.

Dr. Lou "Shadow" Boxer, Goodis fan and
founder of Noircon 
The site of Goodis' childhood home in the Logan
section, since vanished along with the rest of
several blocks in a sinkhole of ash, shoddy
construction, and millions of dollars worth of
Until then, read my previous posts about Goodis (click the link, then scroll down).

© Peter Rozovsky 2016
The Goodis house on North 11th Street in Philadelphia's East Oak Lane section (Goodis' bedroom was behind the window at left.). Goodis lived here after his return from Hollywood, and he wrote some of his best-known noir novels in this house.
The docks of Philadelphia, cleaned up since Goodis' day.
Goodis fans at Roosevelt Memorial Park



Blogger seana graham said...

Good to know you all are keeping the tradition alive.

March 06, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I guess it is a tradition by now, though I admit I had not thought of it that way. I think of it as a rare chance to get together with some intelligent folks and talk about crime writing, Philadelphia history, and our fellow eccentric members of the crime-writing world.

March 06, 2016  
Blogger R. T. (Tim) said...

Your gin-soaked posting reminds me: I need to read Goodis. (Yeah, I confess. Goodis and I are strangers.)

All the best from a fellow crime fiction blogger at . . .

March 08, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The Library of America collection of Goodis, or individual editions of the novels in it, is a good place to start.

March 08, 2016  

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