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Aspects of the “pinup lifestyle” ;)

Pinup culture is something I’ve been fascinated with since I bought my first vintage “silk stocking” magazines back in the 70s for three bucks apiece from a dusty used bookshop on Eighth Avenue that is now a Japanese noodle joint. Peter Driben was the cover artist for those magazines, like Beauty Parade, Titter, and Wink, and a few years ago I found a little case in an art shop which I thought would be perfect for carrying Altoid mints. It was decorated with a Driben pinup…

It’s always fun to fish the case out of my pocket and see one of Driben’s beauties as I pop a couple of mints into my pie hole. By the way, the antecedent of “pie hole,” American slang for mouth, was “cake hole,” British service slang in World War 2.

 

Another way I partake of the “pinup lifestyle,” so to speak, is reading paperbacks from the 40s and 50s when pinups were at their peak and “good girl art,” as it’s called by collectors, adorned the covers. There are some reprint editions which have great girl art covers too; this Stark House reprint of two superlative Gil Brewer novels, which I recently read, was done by artist Mel Crair, about whom you can read more here, and it certainly fills the pinup bill!

The intro to these two amazing novels is by Paul Bishop. If I wasn’t so distracted by those gams I might not have cut off that byline!

 

I spent a lot of time this summer reading some fantastic noir novels, and these Brewer books were among the best. In particular, A Killer is Loose is a chilling study of a how a normal guy deals with a totally out-of-control madman who has completely latched onto him. It was one of the most mesmerizing, suspenseful, yet tragic noir books I’ve ever read.

I hope to give a fuller round-up of all the titles I enjoyed in an upcoming post. Meantime, check out the Gil Brewer novels for yourself over at Amazon here.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2019 in Erotica

 

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Reading fiction for sanity…

In a world gone wacky, one thing that keeps me grounded is great fiction by the likes of writers like John D. MacDonald. He was a virtuoso of prose, plotting, suspense, and writerly professionalism. The WordPress spellchecker says that “writerly” isn’t a word but what the hell. I think you know what I mean.

The two novellas in this book, BORDER TOWN GIRL and LINDA, are well worth reading.

The cover is by the great Robert McGinnis, who is still doing covers for publishers like Hard Case Crime.

You can readily find cheap used paperback editions of this on Amazon.

 

Yes, a good book and a cup of coffee enjoyed al fresco help maintain the sanity…

I haven’t been blogging much lately so I’m going to do a series of short posts like this to get myself back into it. Check back again soon to see what I’m up to next.  Even if it’s just putting up a picture with a few lines, it’ll get me going.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Amazon.com, Pulp fiction art

 

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