Re: RARA-AVIS: Hunter S. Thompson

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 11 Apr 2000

John & Carrie wrote: James sed:

> > believe that Burroughs said that _Naked Lunch_ (which I do find
> > hardboiled) was just a rewrite of _Junky_.
> Eaxh of the examples that you note indeed have extremely surreal endings.
> But I think you'd agree that they don't exploit surrealism to the extreme
> that Fear and Loathing and Naked Lunch.

I think the beginning of "Naked Lunch" fits very well in the hard boiled tradition and style. It sounds just like James Ellroy! And I surely can find traces of American underground writing (Burroughs, Ginsberg, Hubert Selby) in Ellroy's style, no matter what he says himself.


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