Re: RARA-AVIS: School Daze/Hammett

Tom Sweeney (
Fri, 15 Oct 1999 18:26:50 -0400

>Are they actually banning trench-coats in the States now? That ought to
>really solve all the problems in the schools.

It's almost amusing, with the school administrations acting like the police organizations that Philip Marlowe, Shell Scott, etc had to deal with. That is to say, lacking personal power, they act out of the power of their position. And in their positions, they have as much power over the kids as Chandler's and Prather's cops had over Marlowe and Scott. Imagine enacting a city ordinance banning flannel shirts because the Unabomber wore flannel! No, adults wouldn't put up with it. The kids roll their eyes and deal with it.

Tom Sweeney Portsmouth, NH

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