New Year Message and Updates

January 2, 2014 in Books, Housekeping, Periodicals

New Year’s Eve marked five years of life on Earth sans the creative genius and ebullient personality of Donald Edwin Westlake, etc, etc. I have not and will not make a practice of recognizing that date in publishing and personal
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Darwyn Does it Again

October 28, 2013 in Books, Friends

Don had long maintained that he would not allow the name “Parker” to be used in a film unless the filmmakers agreed to produce a series instead of another one-off. The producers of the recent Jason Statham film, Parker, did
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Opening Weekend for “Parker”

January 28, 2013 in Books, Screens

Opening weekend has come and gone and the results are in. “Parker” came in 5th overall at the box office with a $7 million take over three days in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide. One of my pet peeves with
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“Parker” Slips into Theaters Friday

January 24, 2013 in Books, Screens

Propelled by what is probably the most aggressive and persuasive marketing campaign for any of the movies based on the Richard Stark novels, Parker, from the book, Flashfire, starts its theatrical run tomorrow. And I really can’t say enough about
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Parker: The Movie

October 18, 2012 in Screens

The first of what is slated to be several movies based on the Parker series (originally published under the pseudonym Richard Stark) is due to be released in January, 2013. The first trailer (below) is already out and beginning to
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New Additions 8-19-12

August 19, 2012 in Books, Housekeping

The epic project of building a database and uploading images from every copy of every book in Don’s personal library has begun. The full collection containing one copy of every edition of every book in print, and in every language,
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Audio is Back!

August 4, 2012 in Books, Housekeping, Interviews

Along with the other back-end trouble I had with the old host, I lost the ability to embed audio files in a reliable way. Well, that’s all over now, thanks partly to the migration, improvements in the new WordPress update
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While We Were Out

July 24, 2012 in Books, Friends, Screens

Been a long time getting this site back to normal. Lots of updates while it was in safe mode. There will definitely be separate blog posts coming in the near future but, for now, here’s an annotated list of the
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And We’re Back!

July 17, 2012 in Housekeping

At long last, the site has been migrated over to the new host and the back-end works again! I have full control of the website for the first time in months. Big, tremendous thanks to those who left messages or
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Maxim Jakubowski on Donald Westlake

March 2, 2012 in Friends

After a long delay, I hope to reset the site with a new host very soon. Meanwhile, here’s an interview I did with Maxim Jakubowski while on a recent trip through London. Until 2009, Maxim was the owner of the
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Toronto Double Feature

November 18, 2011 in Screens

If you happen to live in Toronto, you can catch the two previous film adaptations of Richard Stark’s The Hunter at the A.V. Club next Thursday: REMAKE/REMODEL: This week also sees the launch of an intriguing new program at the TUC. The
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Meanwhile, on Twitter…

November 18, 2011 in Books, Friends

@ExtAngel Glenn Kenny Goddamnit. I should never go to the gym while I’m in the MIDDLE of a Richard Stark novel. 14 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®   @WDGagliani W.D. Gagliani Openings: John Dortmunder was a man on whom
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Her Favorite Author

November 18, 2011 in Books, Friends

By Daniela Gitlin on her blog   Westlake wrote quirky, smart stories about quirky, smart people living full lives outside the law. Sure, they go down quick and easy as escapist trash. But to think they are trash would be
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Not For Sale

November 17, 2011 in Books, Friends

From Seacoast Online – Portsmouth, NH   Even with more than 3,000 titles in Mainely Murders and 10,000 in their ever-expanding collection, Keeney and Whetstone admit there are books they will never sell.   “I collect Richard Stark, which is
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Forgotten Books: The Jugger by Richard Stark

November 15, 2011 in Books, Friends

by Ed Gorman (on his blog)   How’s this for an opener? I’m about to review the worst book Donald E. Westlake ever wrote. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s Westlake himself speaking.   “I spoiled a book by
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