You Can't Win
You Can't Win
Illustrated by Joel Coleman
Foreword by William S. Burroughs

A classic of outlaw literature, Black's real-life account of cross-country train-hopping, prison breaks, opium addiction, and hobo living was an early inspiration for William Burroughs and continues to be passed around anarchist squats as a must read for those living outside the law. —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books

You Can't Win, the beloved memoir of real lowdown Americana by criminal hobo Jack Black, was first published in 1926, then reprinted in 1988 by Adam Parfrey's Amok Press, featuring an introduction by William S. Burroughs. After its Amok Press edition went out of print, You Can’t Win found popularity once again with the AK Press edition.

Feral House’s new version will take this classic American narrative a lot further, including two remarkable nonfiction articles by Jack Black written for Harper's Magazine in the 1920s. Remarkable illustrations by Joe Coleman and new biographical revelations by Donald Kennison will round out the new edition.

Title You Can't Win
Author Jack Black
Illustrated by Joel Coleman
Foreword by William S. Burroughs
Publisher Feral House
Title First Published 16 July 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 400 p.
ISBN-10 1936239612
ISBN-13 9781936239610
Main content page count 400
Weight 16 oz.

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