A mile outside the City Between Two Rivers, January Cold
came in, formed four walls around them and closed in on the
Thirteen. Gathered to remember the Prince of Noir, they
read from his works, told tales, and raised his Shade from
the bleak grave.
January 25, 2009, just hours before the 42nd anniversary of
the death of David Goodis according to the Hebrew calendar,
13 militant Goodisheads gathered at Roosevelt Cemetery to
remember Philadelphia's Prince of Noir.
(Photo by Aaron Finestone)
After David Goodis' 1967 funeral, friends gathered at the
Toddle House at Broad and Belfield Streets in Logan. The
Toddle House is now a vacant lot. To re-enact the
we met at the Club House Diner in Bensalem, minutes from
the cemetery, to exchange tales of Goodis and his writing.
attending included Harold "Dutch" Silver who taught David
Goodis how to shoot pool, and Andrew Kevorkian, who visited
David Goodis at his house in East Oak Lane and attended the
In September 1966, David Goodis' mother died. Harold Silver
sent David Goodis a basket of fruit. David Goodis sent the
following note to Harold Silver. (Photos by Louis Boxer)
Portions of Goodis'
writings selected for ceremony
Larry Withers' You Tube on the
Duane Swierczynski's blog on the
You Tubes by Duane
Duane Swierczynski's blog on "Relics of a
Peter Rozovsky's blog on the
Louis Boxer's photos of the
Cold came in from two rivers,
formed four walls around Hart and closed in on him."
See you next year.
These webpages publish readings from Goodis which were
selected, but not necessarily read, at the ceremony.
See you next