Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Pelecanos (and Adams)

From: Mark Sullivan ( AnonymeInc@WEBTV.NET)
Date: 03 Feb 2000

Kevin wrote:

"There is a sort of cultural voice that is rarely heard, and usually ignored, a post-Boom generation rock'n'roll pop culture sensibility . .
. that has had little crime fiction to call its own."

Well, Michael Cormany briefly filled that gap. I still remember how his PI used a cop's mispronunciation of the band Husker Du as the signifier separating the cool PI from the stodgy cop. He and Pelacanos' Stefanos books have a lot in common and given Pelacanos' affection for the 'Mats they also seem to have a lot of music in common. I first heard about Iris Dement in one of Cormany's books.

Still, I agree with Kevin that the Brits have been better at creating a distinct generation of younger crime writers. Too many American writers seem too aware of fitting into a tradition, while the Brits take a more punk attitude of messing with the conventions. And I thought the stereotype was that Brits were stuffy and we were the young snotty upstarts.

"I belong to the Blank Generation!"

"We're so pretty, were so pretty . . . vacant!"


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