Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Harry Crews

The Doc and I mentioned Harry Crews in a comment or two, and then the #1 Crimedog posts this video link. Coincidence? I report, you decide.


Doc Quatermass said...

My stage name is "Amazo." :-)

Randy Johnson said...

Interesting man. I don't think I ever read any of his books.

Neil said...

Kudos to William Boyle for digging it up. Man, too bad they don't have more gonzo loon writers on TV these days.

Doc Quatermass said...

I was disappointed to see the hinge tattoo. When I read the Playboy piece on the pipeline and again in a book of collected Crew's non-fiction I always imagined the elbow and knee hinge tattoos he was given while passed out as the big diamond shaped hinges that use to be on my mom's wooden garage doors not those little cabinet hinges.

Not for everyone. I liked his fiction during the '70s as it often dealt with things I admired - weight training, boxing, martial arts.

My favorite Crew's book was "All We Need of Hell." Which came from Emily Dickinson's line, "Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell."

I forget the main character's name but he has an RV fitted out with a second floor so he can do bench presses, plus it's lined with book shelves on the main level.

"He didn't like to be too far from his books. They were - the best of them anyway - efforts to get a handle on the world, to name the abyss, to wrestle with it, and at the same time avoid the bullshit."

Doc Quatermass said...

I'm on a roll, Bill. I need to get me some powerball tickets today. Or maybe I shouldn't have forgotten yesterday?

Last night I was chatting via e-mail with my Buddy, Bobb Cotter who just finished his second book for McFarland and got a go ahead on his third and I used a line from Seinfeld and we talked a bit about the show, then this morning in the news...

Seinfeld Unhurt After Hamptons Car Wreck

Apr 3, 8:51 AM (ET)