SICK CITY COOL GROOVES, REVIEWED*

Here’s an update to our NOIR AT THE BAR reading with MUSIC event at Continental Club Gallery TUES JULY 27, 7-9 PM, no cover.

Great review in the Chronicle.

Sick City, by Tony O’Neill
Harper Perennial, 384 pp., $13.99 (paper)
In Tony O’Neill’s Los Angeles, the only difference between a bottomed-out junkie and a slot on Celebrity Rehab is a good talent agent. Less blatantly autobiographical than his opening double-barreled blast of Digging the Vein and Down and Out on Murder Mile, his terse, twitchy new novel, Sick City, still draws heavily on his personal experiences as a substance abuser washed up in Hollywood’s shadow. If this were still James Ellroy’s City of Angels, O’Neill’s protagonists would be the kind of tweakers and twinks that the old demon skull-breaker Captain Dudley Smith would have sliced up and left for the hogs on some Okie’s farm. But O’Neill’s L.A. has been abandoned to the junkies…

For the rest, go here.

And here, for your viewing pleasure, a few images from the history of dope lit.

The Man With the Golden Arm, by Nelson Algren, a cool book that became a GREAT film.


And for past updates on this event & some musings on a legendary King of Noir, Jim Thompson, go here and here.

And the FACTS: Tony O’Neill will be reading & signing his new novel, SICK CITY, accompanied by yours truly on upright bass, and I, JESSE SUBLETT, will read from NEVER THE SAME AGAIN: A ROCK N ROLL GOTHIC, my very noirish memoir, and HARRY HUNSICKER, of Dallas, will be reading new work.

AND A REMINDER: Friday, July 23, come see JON DEE GRAHAM & JESSE SUBLETT’S MURDER BALLAD SHOW, with TERRI LORD on drums, at EVANGELINE CAFE, 8106 Brodie Lane, Austin. 9:30-Midnight, $5 cover.

Cheers,
Jesse

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