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

From: Daniel Sevitt (
Date: 06 Jan 2000

Born days before Neil Armstrong took his walk around the block. Expensively but uselessly educated in London, I was and remain a dreadful book snob. I remember turning my nose up at a friend in school who was reading James Bond books. I thought reading was only for good stuff. The flip side was that I lapped up The Rockford Files, marvelled at Chinatown, inhaled the Dark Knight Detective. After university and my thesis on Arthur Miller (there should be a good case for A View From A Bridge as hard-boiled theatre), I entered the real world woefully ill-prepared. Fortunately my first job put me in contact with a Chandler obsessed crime freak. He was a no-good gambler with nothing left in his world but his paperbacks and before we parted he left some of them to me. The first book he gave me was The Big Sleep and he signed all his notes 'Terry Lennox'. I was hooked. I'm still a Lit snob but I will argue the importance of Ellroy, Chandler and Walter Mosely to Modern Literature without irony. I was pleased someone finally mentioned In Cold Blood. I don't know of a single book that has 'blown away' more people than Capote's book. I still read Vachss for fun but it's not as much fun as tracking down Stark's Parker novels.

Daniel Sevitt 00 972 9 776 3745

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