Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Defective Detectives, Fedora Lobby

From: Diane Trap (
Date: 02 Feb 2000

a. n. smith said:

> And for marketing, commercialism, reminds me of something my boss always
> says, him being one of the minimalist writers from the eighties, when he
> used brand-names in fiction. The criticism was that it dates the work, it
> intrudes, it takes you out of the story, blah blah.

And then there's King Suckerman, where the product placement is intended to evoke the glamorous seventies--as I was reading the first few chapters I checked the copyright date on the book to see if it really was a period piece, but as I kept reading the 70's details seemed more forced than natural (and I found it a little hard to believe that with all the characters so involved with music no one had to wince at the KA-CHUNK! when the 8-track changed tracks in the middle of a song).

Anyone out there with a better memory of the 70s than I: did King Suckerman ring true?

     -----Diane Trap

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