“More than—rare enough—a damned good book, it is a book of timeless, illuminating truth …This book is one of a kind.
— Nick Tosches
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 takes this classic American narrative much further, including two remarkable nonfiction articles by Jack Black written for Harper’s Magazine in the 1920s. Extraordinary illustrations by Joe Coleman and new biographical revelations by Donald Kennison round out the new edition.
A full-length feature film of You Can’t Win starring Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt is expected to be released in 2013.