Sunday, March 08, 2015

Street of No Return: The David Goodis pilgrimage, 2015

Lou Boxer
Much of David Goodis' Philadelphia has disappeared, from the waterfront dives and cheap apartments of Cassidy's Girl to the house where he lived as child that was demolished because the neighborhood was sinking into a subterranean creek.

The house on North Eleventh Street
where Goodis lived and wrote after
he returned from Hollywood.
Cullen Gallagher
reading by Goodis'
graveside at Roosevelt
 Memorial Park in
Trevose, Pa.

Joe Samuel Starnes
Every year a gang of Goodis fans gathers to visit these forgotten places and others significant in the life of Philadelphia's greatest crime writer, and one of the most moving and compassionate writers anywhere, in any time.

Erik Arneson interviewing Andrew Kevorkian.
Kevorkian knew Goodis and attended his
funeral in 1967.
Eric Rice
Here's a record of this year's pilgrimage, which took place Saturday, photos by your humble blogkeeper.

© Peter Rozovsky 2015  

Lou Boxer, Jeff Wong

Foreground: Cullen Gallagher and your humble
blogkeeper/photographer. Background: David
Goodis' house on North 11th Street.
Joe Samuel Starnes, Erik Arneson, Cullen
Gallagher, Lou Boxer
The Street of No Return: Site of Goodis' childhood home
in Philadelphia's Logan section.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good stuff, Peter. Thanks for posting the photos!

March 09, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

My pleasure. Will you be creating a podcast of the event

March 09, 2015  
Blogger Jay A Gertzman said...

Peter: Thank you for the text and images
of the 2015 trip. Look forward to the podcast. BTW, I found on the internet an image of the wooden houses Goodis wrote of (at Digital Diamond). If you want to see it or get the URL, let me know.

--Jay Gertzman

March 13, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I would be happy to see the URL; thanks. (I think some of those wooden buildings may have remained on the waterfront as recently as twenty or so years ago.)

I hope all is well and that you can join the Goodis trip next year.

March 13, 2015  

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