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Bad Girls Need Love Too: Pleasure Yourself with Pulp Fiction (2010): What Type of Orange Juice Does Gary Lovisi Buy?

Gary Lovisi (ed.), Bad Girls Need Love Too: Pleasure Yourself with Pulp Fiction (Krause Publications, 2010)


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When you’re through staring at the cover, there are actual pages, too. Please keep the drool off the book.

I’m never quite sure what to do when it comes to rating books like this—in this case, a collection of lurid covers of pulp novels, mostly (if not all) from the fifties. It’s very much a vertical-market piece; if the subject matter interests you, you want the book, and if it doesn’t, there’s not a great deal the book (this book, at least) is going to do to change your mind on the subject. Lovisi’s collection is extensive and impressive, but he doesn’t do a great deal of declamation on the evolution of the pulp cover or anything like that; not surprising as this is a quickie art book rather than a thesis. I’d have kind of preferred the latter—something that could be used to introduce folks who never realized that this is A Thing(TM) to pulp novel covers; instead, it comes off as a “my pokemans, let me show you them” book. Again, if you’re already interested in the subject matter, this is not a bad thing. But if you’re not, you won’t miss anything if you pass this up. ** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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