Wednesday, September 14, 2005

First two books I checked out of Elizabeth Public Library (Elmora Branch):

Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson. "The birth, high times, and corruption of Atlantic City." Mainly for central chapters on three of Jersey's most infamous, powerful & successful "pay-to-play" political bosses (all Republicans); Louis "the Commodore" Kuehnle, Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, & Frank "Hap" Farley.

Nightmare Town by Dashiell Hammett. Mostly early stories from Black Mask magazine, most of which are new to me. In the title piece, the "hero" unwittingly lands in a town in the Nevada desert that could have been modeled on how Atlantic City conducted municipal business.

Bob, Peter Genovese of the Munchmobile and Roadside New Jersey fame spoke at the Rahway Library last night, but I arrived too late and missed his slide show.
I forgot to put it on my calendar. If I lived in Rahway Plaza Apts this wouldn't happen.
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