Scalawags by Jim Christy
Rogues, Roustabouts, Wags & Scamps-Ne'er-Do-Wells Through the Ages

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In these pages you will encounter gamblers and adventurers, conmen and conwomen, rodomontades and ragamuffins, outright fools and outrageous liars. Scalawags, the lot of them.

But you can be an adventurer, a conman or conwoman, a fool, liar, gambler, rodomontade or ragamuffin and not be a scalawag. Many adventurers are not even interesting, come to think of it, let alone scalawags. There is an ineffable quality, an indefinable something or other that sets some people apart, places them in the special category that Jim Christy calls “scalawag.” You might call them something else; nuts, perhaps. And quite frankly in many instances—George Francis Train, for instance, or Louis De Rougemont—you’d probably be right. But likewise you don’t have to be a crackpot to be a scalawag: Two Gun Cohen, for instance, or Lady Jane Digby.

What you have to be is outrageous with a bit of what Andre Malraux, an adventurer and liar, perhaps—but not a scalawag—designated, in reviving an old French word, farfelu. It means that you are willing to risk everything, whether on a grand or small scale, on the craziest of schemes, the wildest of notions.


About Jim Christy

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Always in search of original characters and experiences, Jim Christy is a literary vagabond with few peers. He was once described by George Woodcock as "one of the last unpurged North American anarchistic romantics." His publisher has called him a hip Indiana Jones; one reviewer credited him with a "Gary Cooper-like presence." His buddies have included hobos, jazz musicians, boxers, and non-academic writers such as Charles Bukowski, Peter Trower and Joe Ferone. "I never dismiss another's story out of hand," he writes, "no matter what it's about or how outrageous it may seem." Christy's often wry reminiscences of his travels, trysts and trials are fuelled by a hard-won pride. A gardener, a sculptor and a spoken word performer with a jazz/blues ensemble, Christy has been seen in film and television productions, usually in non-speaking roles as a thug or a gangster.
Published December 5, 2008 by Anvil Press. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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