Saturday, July 25, 2009

ITEMS!, or, just barely managing to keep Donald Westlake Week going!

Only time for a couple of quick notes today. Maybe if I dress them up with snazzy ITEM! tags, they'll seem more substantial?

ITEM! Almost Darwyn Cooke's blog, which has been soliciting readers' visual interpretations of Parker to celebrate the release of Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of The Hunter, has gathered all the submissions in a gallery. If you're a Parker fan, you should definitely go check it out; there are a lot of great ones to choose from, but my favorite is this re-imagining of the original pulp paperback of The Hunter.

ITEM! I wrote a post about Westlake for the blog of my employer, the University of Chicago Press, on Friday. There's not much there I haven't covered here in recent days--though I do call Dortmunder a schlimazel--but if you want to see me in straight-up shilling mode, or if you're a Levi Stahl completist {which even rocketlass knows better than to be}, head on over there and check it out.

ITEM! At the risk of derailing Donald Westlake Week, I have to point out Ed Park's essay from this Sunday's New York Times Book Review on the Invisble Library. The strictures imposed by the Times prevented him from mentioning our actual Invisible Library or the recent exhibit by INK Collective in London, but that didn't keep him from writing a great essay. He also talked about the concept on the NYTBR's podcast this week.

Oh, and Westlake is in the collections of the Invisible Library, thanks to Charles Ardai, who included a ghost-written Westlake novel in his Fifty-to-One. So there, we're right back on track!

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