Protecting Project Pulp No. 19: Tom Thursday

Main Fiction: “Ten Dollars–No Sense” by Tom Thursday, first published in Top-Notch Magazine, December 15, 1922.

Narrator: Robert Smales (check out Rob’s blog at

Judging from this newspaper, Doc, you’d think that everybody in New York was either a pickpocket, blackjack bammer, or a member of the burglars’ union. Looks to me as if the chief duty of a newspaper in this here town of N.Y.C. is to toss its customers assorted murders for breakfast, holdups for lunch, and divorces for dinner.

2 thoughts on “Protecting Project Pulp No. 19: Tom Thursday”

  1. I’d like to be there when those guys happen to perfomance again their experiment. Of course, not pick up ten dollars bill, but a least a million’s. We live in a time far from 1922. Sorry, but I’m not an honest person… I’m a human, you know… made of bones and flesh and with a fucking Ying Yang whirling inside me. Great story!!! A very funny one too. Just like the other (in epidode 7) I racked my brain to catch up with the mind-bending language of Thursday. But pulp fiction is a risky business.

  2. Hey Odilius, I’m glad you liked the episode — and if you think it was mind-bending to listen to that language, try talking like that! This was a pretty hard narration for my first time, but it was a lot of fun too. Can’t wait to tackle another one, even if it’s another Thursday tongue-twister!

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