Re: RARA-AVIS: you're HOW old?

Date: 05 Jan 2000

Jim Doherty mentioned his belief that most people on this list were first
"blown away" by a hard-boiled writer while they were in high school. I'm wondering if that is true, just as I am wondering if most of you were born after '58, as another recent post suggested.

I was in high school in 1958, with my reading basically consisting of what was assigned in class. I spent most of the 60's as an on-again off-again literature major, again reading assigned books, plus Kerouac, Hesse, Tolkein, Heinlein and others that were popular at that time. Next followed a period of reading primarily fantasy and science fiction, but I finally found myself burned out on that about 5 or 6 years ago, at which time I started reading mysteries. Of course there were overlaps; I think I read my first Hammett a couple of decades ago, led there by Lillian Hellman's Pentimiento.

At any rate, rather than accepting the generalizations I've seen posted to this group, I'm curious about your ages and reading history.


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