RARA-AVIS: Hard Boiled Men

From: Nathalie M觥 ( nmege@club-internet.fr)
Date: 10 Mar 2000

> Jopi Nyman says that the hardboiled literature (and not just detective
> fiction) arose when the women stepped into the man's world, i.e. the
> so-called public sphere, and men started to feel uncomfortable. And some
> guys came up with the hardboiled stuff, where men could still feel like
> men and take no shit from any woman or any unmanly man.

Gertrude Stein, lesbian extraordinaire and the popess of Cubism and literary modernism, knew that; in "Autobiography of Everybody", she mentions Hammett as the only writer she wants to meet when she goes to California, to ask him what it means to be a man. Check it out. It is in the very first pages of the book.


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