Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Lit is Dead...

Date: 19 May 2000

    Pronzini's take is tautalogy, and close to a non-sequiter. He makes the rules and he gets to classify whatever comes up. He apparently has a definition of hard boiled tucked away in his head, and any counter example anyone wants to offer he will either shrug off by saying it is "imitative" or a "tribute" or that it isn't hard boiled at all. Such proclamations are nice for getting folks excited, but once you poke at them, there's not much of substance to discuss.
    If Bill thinks it's dead, that must mean he doesn't intend to write any more of it. That's okay.

                                    Jim Blue

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