Title: Sintown, U.S.A.
Editor: Noah Sarlat
Cover artist: Uncredited
Yours for: $18
Best things about this cover:
- Fresno! (my hometown—I bought this book for that reason alone)
- I still don't know where "Bergen" is. Sweden?
- She's a tough, sexy dame ... from the neck down. From the neck up, she is a wasted, miscoiffed mess.
- I'm guessing what we're seeing here is one of them there "Sucker Traps..."
Best things about this back cover:
- "You will not see wealthy dowagers with lorgnettes sipping wine and nibbling on cheese in their opera boxes"
- My guess is that if the reader has bothered to flip the book over to read the back cover, he already suspects that it's not about the genteel habits of the urban elite. The book is called "Sintown, U.S.A." for god's sake.
- I like how this book goes beyond the mere assertion of the existence of a thriving underground vice economy to the more provocative claim that said "muck and misery and seaminess" are the "bedrock" of Anytown, U.S.A. "Can't have museums without hookers aplenty. That's nature's law."
- 20,000 seems an awfully arbitrary number.
- I've never been to Yourtown. Mytown, sure. But not Yourtown.
Many a respected Bergen citizen with a kingsize "monkey riding on his back" is in hock up to his ears.
As any Swede can tell you, it costs a lot of money to care for back-riding monkeys, especially the big ones.
P.S. Bergen, it turns out, is in Norway. Also, New Jersey.
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