Otto Dix Show Closing in NYC…sad faced clown finds comfort in dying Web…

One of the major inspirations for my writing has been the work of Otto Dix. I stumbled across a documentary about him one late night and have wanted to see his prints and paintings in person for nearly a decade. That is very difficult to accomplish, since most of his work is on display in Germany. With the exception of two prints I saw in L.A. , I never thought I’d get a chance to view anything by Dix in person. And then they announced this show… Otto Dix Neue Galerie Show

With my job, my daughter, and money being what it is, it breaks my heart to know that I won’t get to see this exhibition. Thank goodness for the web, otherwise I wouldn’t have the smattering of Otto Dix works that currently live on my hard drive. Oh wait, I forgot, the Web is Dead, didn’t you hear?

Oh well, enjoy…

Neue Galerie Audio Tour

Lancelot in the city. (or is it Galahad?)

It’s no secret that Raymond Chandler’s 1944 essay, The Simple Art of Murder laid out what is the foundation of modern crime fiction. It’s also no secret that Polanski, Towne, et al all but leveled that foundation 30 years later.

Yet, we still have space for heroes, and anti-heroes, who wade through our corrupt world to answer questions and right wrongs. Despite my fascination with the genre, I have always wondered what value, if any, does crime fiction still have, beyond plain good storytelling. I began to find clues in the works of Donald Goines, and Chester Himes and I want to pick up what they left behind.

That’s what I’m attempting to do with the John Burrey books. Besides telling a ripping yarn, and exploring this city that I love, I hope to create my own version of Chandler’s questing knight.

“He is a common man or he could not go among common people. He has a sense of character, or he would not know his job. He will take no man’s money dishonestly and no man’s insolence without a due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him. He talks as the man of his age talks, that is, with rude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for pettiness. The story is his adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. He has a range of awareness that startles you, but it belongs to him by right, because it belongs to the world he lives in.”

man, google & wikipedia are a deadly combination…

more inspirational art…this time from Arnold Bocklin, an inspiration to Franz Stuck…


this is his most famous work…Isle of the Dead…he did five versions of this…this one is my favorite…


here’s another one i love…Life is Short… click both to see more detail…

man, google & wikipedia are a deadly combination…

more inspirational art…this time from Arnold Bocklin, an inspiration to Franz Stuck…


this is his most famous work…Isle of the Dead…he did five versions of this…this one is my favorite…


here’s another one i love…Life is Short… click both to see more detail…

more reasons for self publishing…

i wouldn’t sneeze at the offer of a $50k advance…but that would be a mighty large pay cut…even for me…

Conveying news of latest rejection, agent mentions we’ll be lucky to get $50,000; explains, “Publishers aren’t overpaying anymore. They know they’ll just break even if they pay $50,000 and sell 20,000 copies in hardcover, which few books ever do.”

I realize if I’m “overpaid” I’ll earn $50,000 minus $7,500 agent commission. That’s $42,500 for three years’ work.

either way, this is a pretty devastating look at how authors get treated by the publishing business…and just another piece of evidence as to why i think self-publishing is a better option…