Kevin Smith (kvnsmith@colba.net)
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 08:31:12 -0500 Put me down as another fan of The Ax. It seems about a million years ago
there was even an attempt to add this to the reading list, but it's not
necessary, after all, since it looks like we've all read it.

And yeah, I felt pretty unclean myself as I read it. At times it reads like
the protagonist is a modern-day version of Steinbeck's Tom Joad riding into
the new Depression, who's decided, to hell with everything, I'm getting
what's mine. In a way, at the end, he's already joined the bosses, though
he doesn't know it yet.

And this reminded me of something William Denton mentioned a few days ago:
"....Arlo Guthrie doesn't seem like he'd read Himes."

I dunno. This is the son who walks in the father's footprints, and it was
Woody himself who wrote a zillion socialist anthems, about bank robbers and
farmers, killers and Christ, very down on big money and the slimy, corrupt
powers that be.

"And in this life I wander,
And I've seen lots of crooked men,
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
Some with a fountain pen."

This land is your land, indeed....

I like to think the aw-shucks-hayseed schtick that Arlo puts on is as big a
crock as his dad's was...and the in-yer-face, anti-authoritarian stance of
a lot of his songs seems remarkably similar to the mindset of The Ax and
many, many other hardboiled novels.

Kevin Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site

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