Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Women Rewriting

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 29 May 2000

Bill Denton:

<<Didn't it go the other way, too? Didn't Camus say he'd been influenced by a Serie Noir writer? I can't remember where I read this.>>

I think it was James Cain -- who was also very influential with Goodis and Thompson (a critic once accused Thompson of being a Cain copycat without the talent).

<<Willeford was well up on his existentialists, and I bet the others were too.>>

I'm not surprised about Willeford. In several novels he combines existentialism with surrealism (and a few other things). Besides his superior talent, I think he differs radically from Goodis and Thompson in his wicked sense of humor and the wry literary expression of it. Willeford's work will never become "camp". He brewed a secret blend never to be duplicated.

I will look up some references on Camus and try to get the influence game more or less straight. I'm sure that after a while it went both ways, in both literature and cinema.




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