“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Guy Clark RIP

I first came across Guy Clark courtesy of Robert Forster, who sang – on his Danger in the Past album – about “Wondering who sounds better in the dark / Is it Townes van Zandt or Guy Clark?” All told, I’m inclined to believe it’s the former, but it would be a close-run thing … Anyway, the sad news is that Guy Clark died today, aged 74. My favourite track of his is Desperadoes Waiting for a Train:
I played the Red River Valley
He'd sit in the kitchen and cry
Run his fingers through seventy years of livin’
And wonder, “Lord, why has every well I’ve drilled gone dry?”
Take it away, sir …

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