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Richard Ford’s Description of Noir

Posted in General Pulp with tags , , , on March 26, 2012 by gustravis

Reading Richard Ford (a non-pulp writer) in his pulp venture The Ultimate Good Luck, I particularly enjoyed this passage which serves as (one of) the great definitions of Noir.

“The guy who had it in for you was the guy you had never seen. The one you loved was the one you couldn’t be understood by. The one you paid to trust was the one you were sure would cut and run. The best you could think was maybe you’d get lucky, and come out with some skin left on.”


Pulp Quotes

Posted in General Pulp with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by gustravis

Pulp Quotes


From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made to be seen from 30 feet away.


Bogart can be tough without a gun. He has a sense of humor that contains that grating undertone of contempt.


What did it matter when you were dead…You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.


Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic. The second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl’s clothes off.


I do a great deal of research, particularly in the apartments of tall blondes.


I knew one thing. As soon as anyone said you don’t need a gun, you’d better take one along that worked.


-Raymond Chandler




Man does not live by murder alone. He needs affection, approval, encouragement and occasionally, a hearty meal.

-A. Hitchcock.


I killed him for money and for a woman. I didn’t get the money and I didn’t get the woman.

– Walter Neff (Double Indemnity-1944)


And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.

-M.Gunderson (Fargo-1996)


We were about to give up and call it a night when somebody threw the girl off the bridge.

– John D. MacDonald


I don’t like jail; they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

– C. Bukowski


There’s nothing safe about sex. There never will be.

– N. Mailer


I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday

– R. Chandler

What the tongue has promised, the body must submit to.

– R. Stout


Some people never go crazy. What horrible lives they must live.

– C. Bukowski


Love; when you get fear into it, it’s not love anymore. It’s hate.

– James M. Cain


The world’s really wild at heart and weird at the top.

-Barry M. Gifford


Los Angeles is the world’s biggest third rate city.

– J. D. MacDonald


I will ride my luck on occasion, but I like to pick the occasion.

– R. Stout


Stealing a man’s wife, that’s nothing. But stealing his car, that’s larceny.

– J.M. Cain


Look at that fat bastard trying to get out of his car.

– R. Chandler looking at A. Hitchcock

Pulp Fiction Bumper stickers – Part One

Posted in General Pulp with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by gustravis

Pulp Fiction Bumper stickers – Part One 

I have always felt that there should be bumper stickers taken from hard boiled pulp fiction and films. Here are some I would start with.

Life is a bucket of shit with a barbed wire handle. – Jim Thompson (author of The Grifters and other books.)

When the phone rang Parker was in the garage killing a man. – Richard Stark (author of the Parker series including Point Blank)

“Who shot him?” I asked…The grey haired man scratched the back of his neck and said: “Somebody with a gun.” – Dashiell Hammett (author of The Maltese Falcon and other books)

“I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived for a few weeks when you loved me.” – Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele (In a Lonely Place -1950).

There will be more in the future. And please send in any that you think of. I would love to add them to the list. – GE.