I think fiction, both written and filmed have been increasing
the details of the aftermath of violence lately. The movie
Fight Club (I'm one of the few who liked the movie; is the
book good?) certainly shows all of the lingering physical
It is also one of the main themes of Pelecanos's work -- the
impact of violence, on those directly involved, but also
about its trickle-down effect. I've been reading Joe
Lansdale's Hap and Leonard books of late
(highly, highly recommended). They graphically depict what a beating can do to a man, physically and psychologically. This is not to say there are not still plenty of HB heroes who take punishment like Fearless Fosdick and bounce right back, but there seem to be fewer of these HB supermen or, at least, other, more human ones to balance them out.
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