Re: RARA-AVIS: The Readings

michael david sharp (
Sun, 4 Jan 1998 22:54:30 -0500 (EST) I love this reading list, mainly bec. it contains three books I'm teaching
this term. I'm gonna steal ideas from y'all like crazy. Hope that's OK...
I do hope people will read and contribute to discussions. I've been lax
for a while, but promise to be better (for what that's worth).

On the subject of new hardboiled, I just read *Give Us a Kiss* by Daniel
Woodrell and liked it a lot. Like a *Swamp Sister* for the 90s. Backwoods
violence and plenty of humor. Recommended. It's also very short, so if you
don't like it you won't have wasted much of your life in finding that
fact out. Happy New Year. M-

Michael D. Sharp Email:
Department of English Lang. and Lit. Phone: (313) 761-8776
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Fax: (313) 763-3128

On Sun, 4 Jan 1998, William Denton wrote:

> I don't think I've sent out reminders lately, but I know some people
> remembered that _The Drowning Pool_ is coming up on Monday 5 January.
> (I haven't been able to find another copy yet - my other is where I
> can't get at it, but don't mind me.)
> Just so we know what's next, I've picked out some of the books that
> were suggested earlier, and here's a suggested calendar:
> 5 Jan 1998 - _The Drowning Pool_ (Ross Macdonald)
> 26 Jan 1998 - _The Killer Inside Me_ (Jim Thompson)
> 16 Feb 1998 - _The Talented Mr. Ripley_ (Patricia Highsmith)
> 9 Mar 1998 - _A Rage in Harlem_ (Chester Himes)
> After this, if people suggest some newer hardboiled stuff, I think
> those would be good to tackle. It occurred to me the other day that
> perhaps newer hardboiled books don't have the subject matter of the
> classics, while the books that do, and are supposedly hardboiled (like
> Sue Grafton's series) aren't. Mario Taboada was recently very
> eloquent in Usenet about James Crumley, and I'd like to try him again.
> For the newer subscribers: the readings are fairly informal, and meant
> to take you back to older books you may not have read in a while, and
> to introduce you to writers you may not know. Subscribers range from
> English professors and graduate students to people with a new interest
> in the sub-genre, so discussion ranges all over, and any comments are
> welcome. I will be automating a weekly reminder of what's on the
> reading list.
> The Ross Macdonald bibliography
> (<URL:>)
> shows that _The Drowing Pool_ is the second Lew Archer book, and was
> published in 1950 under the name "John Ross Macdonald." The "John"
> was dropped six years later, to stop confusion between him and John
> D. MacDonald.
> Bill
> --
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> "It is better to incur a mild rebuke than to perform an onerous task."
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