Protecting Project Pulp No. 7: Tom Thursday

Main Fiction: “There’s Hicks In All Trades” by Tom Thursday, first published in All Sports, February 1940.

Narrator: Joe Sammarco.

“Oakie Dokey dances to the center of the ring and tries to knock down Calithumpian’s left guard. This is a major error on Oakie Dokey’s part. Silo lets go his straight right and it lands plum on the chinola of Herr Dokey. He falls over, frontwards, flat on his beak, which is a pretty sure sign that a boxer has lost interest in the business at hand. He is out as far as Long Island, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, write a letter to the papers.”

Website recommendation: AllPulp.

2 thoughts on “Protecting Project Pulp No. 7: Tom Thursday”

  1. Fun! Funfunfunfun!

    The conclusion of the match was obvious from very early on, but getting there and listening to the rhapsodizing was so very entertaining. Thank’ee, gents!

  2. My brain got knock out by this story, but no wonder… this is pulp baby! I guess your deduction came by the gallery of pulpy real characters featured in the story by Tom Thursday: Hitler, Stalin, Mussoline. Those guys had been around a long time, but wasn’t till 1939 (year of the beginning of the war) when, specially the first two, starting to sound so laud as to be mention in the pop culture, beyond the sphere of politics. Tom mentions something like “a shattered Warsaw”, if I’m correct. Well, the destruction of that capital didn’t happen (I mean throughout) before 1940. I’m of the same mind with you, Dave. In this story, laguage is everything. The idiosyncrasy of language hit me so hard that I couldn’t help to make a comparison between the boxing underworld and the wild west. Both, the cowboy and the boxer, lived a pulp life in their respective time.

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