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Borderline Blossoms

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September 16, 2014 • Cocktails

Lawrence Block knows many things. Many unsavory things. Things like low living, thuglife and despair. Things like sex. Things like murder. And he knows hard drinking. I’m currently in the heat of A Walk Among the Tombstones, another Hard Case Crime Block-buster. The last time we hung out it was with Borderline — the story… Read More ›

Books »

A Bullet for Cinderella

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She was hard to find. Hard to get. Hard to kill. So says the cover of A Bullet for Cinderella, another violent romp through the guts of humanity by John D. MacDonald. Having just finished the book, I can attest at least the first line is true. “Cindy” is definitely hard to find. But she’s… Read More ›

Cocktails »

Borderline Blossoms

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Lawrence Block knows many things. Many unsavory things. Things like low living, thuglife and despair. Things like sex. Things like murder. And he knows hard drinking. I’m currently in the heat of A Walk Among the Tombstones, another Hard Case Crime Block-buster. The last time we hung out it was with Borderline — the story… Read More ›

Lounging »

Thompson vs. Block

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This is not a cute fight. It would be nothing less than epic, a crime noir bout of the century, should these two heavyweight writers step into the ring. In one corner is Jim Thompson, often considered the ungodly love child of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich. His chilling and brutal works include… Read More ›

Music »

Vinyl Love

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Nice and Easy. It has been a very long time since I’ve been able to do this, having long-ago abandoned all forms of music dissemination other than digital downloads. Listener purists have been telling me that nothing has ever been able to remotely replicate the experience of vinyl — that slick, oily sound that feels… Read More ›

Toronto »

Brave New Toronto

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Community, Identity, Stability. Clearly, Aldous Huxley had the gift of foresight whilst penning Brave New World, a vision of dystopia bottled in a lab. True, the test-tube created Alphas, Deltas and Gammas pray to the founder of their commerce-centric society, but in our Brave New Toronto, the term “Our Ford” means something entirely different. Our… Read More ›

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