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Joe Clifford

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Joe Clifford is the author of several books, including Junkie Love, The One That Got Away, Skunk Train, and the Jay Porter Thriller Series, as well as editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen and others. Joe’s writing can be found at


How I Do It

I was talking shop w/ Greg Levin today. Well, I mean messaging on Twitter because no one actually talks to people anymore (gross). I was telling him I liked his blog, lamenting about when I used to do it more, and how I should again, and now that I am, doing it again that is, blogging, I remember why I stopped. I fucking hate it. It’s stupid.

Writing is stupid.

That’s a joke between my buddy Tom Pit

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Published on December 04, 2019 21:59
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Lamentation (Jay Porter, #1)

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“This is the part they don’t tell you about in the movies. Or in On the Road. This is not rock ’n’ roll.

You are not William Burroughs, and it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference if Kurt Cobain was slumped over in an alleyway in Seattle the day Bleach came out. There is no junkie chic. This is not Soho and you are not Sid Vicious. You are not a drugstore cowboy and you are not spotting trains. You are not a part of anything—no underground sect, no counter-culture movement, no music scene, nothing. You have just been released from jail and are walking down Mission Street, alternating between taking a hit off a cigarette and puking, looking for coins on the ground so you can catch a bus as you shit yourself.”
Joe Clifford, Junkie Love

“Dinner was nice. Not the meal so much. The only restaurant we could find open on Thanksgiving was Denny’s, and you never walk out of Denny’s saying, That was a good decision.”
Joe Clifford, Give Up the Dead

“Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”
Joe Clifford, Junkie Love

“I know there are some people out there
who think I am supposed to end up
in a room by myself

with a gun and a bottle full of hate,
a locked door and my slack mouth open
like a disconnected phone.

But I hate those people back
from the core of my donkey soul
and the hatred makes me strong
and my survival is their failure,

and my happiness would kill them
so I shove joy like a knife
into my own heart over and over

and I force myself toward pleasure,
and I love this November life
where I run like a train
deeper and deeper
into the land of my enemies.”
Tony Hoagland, What Narcissism Means to Me

“[T]hat his cheating and his bitterness and his cruelty were the revolt of his will ... against a deep-rooted instinct of holiness, against a desire for God that terrified and yet obsessed him.”
Somerset Maugham

“They pictured themselves dashing around Manhattan, latte in one hand, cell phone in the other, adorably breaking a designer heel while hailing a cab, and falling into the arms of a charming, disarming soul mate with winningly floppy hair.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

“Usually, during the past fifteen-odd years, I'd hated to see the morning come. That's a psychotic symptom, you know, not wanting to awaken--hating to face things that are bound to be more than you can handle.”
Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet

“I'm not sneering at sex. It's necessary and it doesn't have to be ugly. But it always has to be managed. Making it glamorous is a billion-dollar industry and it costs every cent of it.”
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

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