Wow. If Ethan Iverson ever decides to leave music (which I hope he never does) he could make a fine living as a literary critic. I was very sad about the death last week of one of my favorite writers, Donald Westlake, but Iverson has done him proud by writing one of the most amazing blog posts in recent memory as a tribute to his awesome storytelling skills:
"I’ve devotedly read enormous amounts of crime fiction for as long as I can remember. My discovery of Donald E. Westlake came rather late, sometime in my mid-twenties. He’s a bit of an acquired taste; there are no spectacles, no sentimental romances, and very little obviousness in his writing. He demanded that the reader peer a little closer at the page than most of his colleagues."
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