RARA-AVIS: Re: more money for thicker books

Kevin Smith (kvnsmith@colba.net)
Tue, 20 Jul 1999 10:39:19 -0400

I'll third the emotion about Mark Monlux's site/e-mail service (weekly cheese!), and toss in a thought I mentioned a week ago or so: that the demand for larger books by publishers has allowed some writers to get away with far too much description, pontificating or bogus sub-plots.

If he were alive today, I wonder if Chandler would be pounding out bloated 5-600 pagers? And back in the fifties, James Lee Burke's stuff might be tight, poetic little hardboiled gems. How much is a writer's style, and how much is just meeting the fashion of the time?

Kevin Burton Smith

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