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Friday, July 18 at 7PM
speaking & signing
|What do you get when you combine the principles of slapstick comedy with the nuances of noir? A story of a chaos that is no one's and everyone's fault, set in a West Texas oil town where everyone is serious, everyone is funny, everyone knows something and nobody knows it all. James "BigBoy" Medlin is a co-founder of L.A. Weekly. He wrote for E! for twenty years and currently lives in California.|
Slap Noir is a novel by James BigBoy Medlin that engages the principles of slapstick and noir and melds them into a single instrument to tell the story of a chaos that is no one's and everyone's fault, in a West Texas oil town where no one's all good, no one's all bad, everyone is serious, everyone is funny, everyone knows something and nobody knows it all.
James BigBoy Medlin was born in Santa Anna, Texas. When he graduated from U.T. in 1968, Medlin joined the Peace Corps, but got drafted. His draft board told him the Peace Corps was a Communist front organization. Medlin was wounded on the battlefield in View Nam on June 7, 1969. After returning from Nam, Medlin lived mostly in Austin. In 1974 he became a founding writer of The Austin Sun, a weekly counterculture newspaper. In 1978, Medlin and fellow Sun staffers Michael Ventura, Ginger Varney, and Bill Bentley moved to Los Angeles and helped found L.A. Weekly. Medlin was Head Writer/Editorial Director for E! for 20 years. He continues to freelance there as a consultant. Medlin and his wife, Lynn, live in Venice, California, with their British Staffordshire Terrier and four French bulldogs.
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