Re: RARA-AVIS: the lousy Hammett review in Salon

Mario Taboada (
Sat, 23 Oct 1999 14:13:50 -0700 (PDT)

Dismissive criticism of Hammett (as of Hemingway and, more recently, of Norman Mailer) is prevalent among self-styled "postmoderns" and "feminist" types. These people hate those quintessentially modern authors; they favor instead confused, self-referential and supremely boring narratives of the John Barth-Marguerite Duras variety. In fairness to Bowman, I don't know if he belongs to these so-called
"theoretical" circles. Certainly, his article seems misinformed and poorly argued.

Why doesn't Salon get a prominent hardboiled writer to write on Hammett, someone like Block or Pronzini or Gores or any number of people who love and understand the genre and its history?

Best regards,

Mario Taboada

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