Tag Archives: George Pelecanos

Do you hear what I hear?

Audible.com has posted its spoken-word edition of my book The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of  America’s First Superhighway. You can find the link on the book’s Amazon page, or go right to the Audible page and listen to a passage. The sample sounds pretty good, if you ask me.

The narration is read by Dion Graham, an actor whose other audiobook credits put me in some pretty good company. Even better, he played state’s attorney Rupert Bond in The Wire, my most favorite TV show in the entire Milky Way galaxy. So now I can be a link if somebody playing a variation on the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game wants to make a link between Hamsterdam and Jersey City.

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Pub, Pogues, and Pelecanos

George Pelecanos, novelist and former writer for The Wire, is a fan of the Pogues. The Pogues are fans of The Wire, which used some of their songs throughout its five seasons, notably “Body of an American” played during the several Irish wakes that take place. So when Pelecanos went to Europe to promote his novel The Way Home, it was only to be expected that they would get together for a pub date. If you, like me, love all three of them — Pogues music, Pelecanos novels, The Wire — along with pubs, you’ll want to follow every clip on the man’s site.

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Friday finds


Apparently quite a few artificial limbs have been left behind at Travelodge and Swallow Hotels over the years.

Aravind Adiga, author of the Man Booker Prize-winning The White Tiger and the new story collection Between the Assassinations, gets the full literary Monty from the Daily Beast, with articles, reviews and essays.

The Don DeLillo novel that Don DeLillo won’t allow to be republished.

What you have to give up to be a writer.

Obey the fungus.

Editing, unediting and dis-editing the stories of Raymond Carver.

“While Apollo was on its way to the moon, I was on a Russian ocean liner with my husband and three kids on our way home to America. The Captain came on the ship’s sound system one morning and told us (in Russian and English) that Americans had walked on the moon, and ruefully but politely congratulated us. The kids, not really knowing what a blow it was to the Russians, put up a little cheer — and the Russian passengers on deck were kind or unprejudiced enough to cheer with them.”

SF writers and their work spaces.

Getting a look at Thomas Pynchon.

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