Print Reviews

Tishomingo Blues

by Elmore Leonard

William Morrow & Co.

“tish”

Elmore Leonard’s 37th novel is another example of why he’s one of the more distinctive and well-regarded novelists working today. Snappy dialogue, intriguing (from a distance, that is) characters, and an engrossing storyline are hallmarks of his style – for further examples try Out Of Sight, Pagan Babies, or Get Shorty. Leonard doesn’t waste a lot of words in description – his books are mainly dialogue (which explains their transition to Hollywood) – but they tell their always odd stories well. How odd? Well, his latest novel involves a casino high-diver, Civil War reenactments, and the Dixie Mafia in a tale of blues music, drug running, and the perils of not wearing the correct undergarments when dressed as a foot soldier in the War Between the States. While it is rare to meet a character in a Leonard novel who is entirely reputable, the book’s deft portrayals of persons most of us will never meet make for enjoyable reading if not giggling fits. While comparisons to Carl Hiaasen or Ed McBain aren’t out of place when describing Leonard’s work, he truly creates a world of his own – immediately believable but surreal at the same time. Don’t wait for the movie.

http://www.elmoreleonard.com/


Recently on Ink 19...

Meditations on Crime

Meditations on Crime

Print Reviews

Politics is Crime. Crime is Politics. Discuss… Carl F. Gauze reviews Meditations on Crime, the book half of Harper Simon’s super-collaborative art and music project.

Porn and Ice Cream

Porn and Ice Cream

Screen Reviews

Three aimless misfits find themselves a purpose when they unwittingly start a band. It’s not your typical rock story, as Ian Koss explains.

Fire and Iceland

Fire and Iceland

Interviews

New York filmmaker April Anderson talks with Bob Pomeroy about volcanoes, horses, and making documentaries in Iceland.

Best of Film 2022

Best of Film 2022

Screen Reviews

With a year of festival and microcinema screenings behind them, Lily and Generoso select and review their ten favorite films, six supplemental features, and one exceptional repertory release of 2022.

Laura Citarella

Laura Citarella

Interviews

Director Laura Citarella, of the famed filmmaking collective El Pampero Cine, has created with her newest feature Trenque Lauquen a provocative transformation of her protagonist Laura (Laura Parades), whom Citarella first introduced in her 2011 film Ostende. Lily and Generoso enjoyed an in-depth conversation with Citarella about Trenque Lauquen when it screened at AFI Fest 2022.

New Music Now 009: Sleepyhead

New Music Now 009: Sleepyhead

Features

Join us for a new edition of New Music Now, with our special musical guest, Sleepyhead. All three members of the band are school teachers, so you didn’t hear it from us, but there might be a pop quiz about their album New Alchemy after the show.

%d bloggers like this: