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

From: Maura McMillan (
Date: 05 Jan 2000

kip -

i read executioner's song whenever it was published -late 70s - and found a nice tie-in in dreiser's american tragedy. mailer certainly has opted for money as opposed to art, but executioner's song is a well-written and insightful book. sort of 'found art.' hey -i was born in 1955 too.

At 04:30 PM 1/5/2000 -0600, you wrote:
>Born in '55 (sheesh, Eisenhower's FIRST term in office). Read Bobbsy (sp?)
>Twins and Hardy Boys as a young, young boy (ah, the wonderful old Carnegie
>Library in Guthrie, Oklahoma), then progressed on to all the Sherlock
Holmes in
>junior high. Also read all the James Bond books about that time, plus some
>Spillane. Got really snooty in high school, only reading Hemingway,
>Faulkner etc. Got even snootier when I went off to college to major in
>-- Updike, Bellow, Welty, Oates, Heller, and so forth. A few things
happened at
>once: I read Walker Percy's LANCELOT, which is an existential crime
novel. I
>read Norman Mailer's AN AMERICAN DREAM, another existential crime novel
(and a
>great one, IMHO) that I think owes a great deal to hard-boiled writers. I
>the film version of THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? on TV and shortly
>found a paperback edition of the novel plus the screenplay. Then my
mother gave
>me a copy of John D.'s THE DREADFUL LEMON SKY and I read a good profile of
>MacDonald by Rust Hill in ESQUIRE. Then an amigo lent me THE LONG GOODBYE
>said it might be the REAL great American novel (I'm not sure I disagree).
>I read Capote's and Mailer's "nonfiction" true crime novels (IN COLD BLOOD
>EXECUTIONER'S SONG, respectively). Finally, one day I had a moment of
>and realized that Charles Willeford is a more important writer than Saul
>Next the reprints of the novels of my Oklahoma homeboy Jim Thompson began to
>appear (POP 1280 is the best depiction of small town Oklahoma I've ever read)
>and I became a confirmed low-brow.
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