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Pulp Friday: The Man Who Fell to Earth

Pan 1976Like so many people, I was enormously saddened by news this week of the death of David Bowie, from cancer at the age of 69.

There is no need for me to replicate all the sentiments that have been expressed elsewhere about Bowie’s passing, except to say that for me, as for so many of you, his death has left a huge hole in my popular culture landscape and the world is a less interesting place without him.

I did want to do something on this site to commemorate Bowie, however. And what better way to pay tribute to the man who once said his perfect idea of happiness is reading, than through books. So, my first Pulp Friday offering for 2016 is dedicated to the wonderful David Bowie: a selection of paperback tie ins for The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg, released in 1976.

It was only when I was doing research for an article on the ‘David Bowie Is’ exception that toured Melbourne last year, that I discovered The Man Who Fell to Earth was a book before it was a film. The Man Who Fell to Earth was first published in 1961. It was written by US novelist Walter Tevis whose debut work, The Hustler, featured as a Pulp Friday post here in 2013.… Read more

Pulp Friday: The Hustler

The Hustler

“A taunt, suspenseful novel of a strange smoke-filled world where drifters, sharks and lushes live by one rule that is a command: WIN!”

Today’s Pulp Friday needs no introduction, The Hustler, by Walter Tevis.

This cover is from the paperback version published by Dell Books in 1959.

I’m sure you’ll agree with me it’s a beautiful cover. The book is great and it was also a terrific movie starring Paul Newman. Indeed, just posting this image makes me want to see the movie again.

The back cover design below is also great.

Enjoy.

The Hustler back cover