The Second Half Of The Double Feature
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The Second Half Of The Double Feature

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In this new collection of short stories, vignettes and autobiographical sketches-many previously unpublished-Charles Willeford, author of Miami Blues and The Burnt Orange Heresy creates a mosaic of the absurdities of life in the 20th century. From a malicious grandmother to prophetic depictions of the power of reality television, with his wry humor and sudden shifts to vio...more
Published August 1st 2003 by Wit's End Publishing (first published 2003)
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There are stories that are two stars, and stories that are 4 or 5 so I rounded to a three. As a collection, it's very inconsistent, but that's not Willeford's fault, especially since it was curated in 2003, 15 years after his death. There are a couple of stories that seem as if they were never meant to see the light of day, but since I am becoming Tracie Masek: Charles Willeford Enthusiast Extraordinaire, I still loved reading the little incomplete sketches. The longest story in this collection...more
dunno what # willeford this will be for me...will look-see on my page and add that info later...later...what that page say? this is the 19th? 20th? confirmation, later. later...this is the 18th willeford for me.

paperback, wit's end publishing, new albany, indiana...240 pages

there's this on the copyright page: to lose willeford we can ill afford

There is a quote on a white page:
my work is one long triumph over my limitations
--charles willeford

there is a contents page:

the old man at the bri...more
This a bunch of short stories, essays and character sketches that Willeford's widow published after he died. A lot of this stuff probably wasn't meant to see the light of day, but that's not to say there aren't a few gems. A couple good crime vignettes, a few pages from an aborted novel that sort of/kind of predicted reality TV—or at least the movie, The Running Man—and two tongue-in-cheek essays about Franz Kafka, one of which is a literal interpretation of The Metamorphosis and its implication...more
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Charles Willeford was a remarkably fine, talented and prolific writer who wrote everything from poetry to crime fiction to literary criticism throughout the course of his impressively long and diverse career. His crime novels are distinguished by a mean'n'lean sense of narrative economy and an admirable dearth of sentimentality. He was born as Charles Ray Willeford III on January 2, 1919 in Little...more
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