Re: RARA-AVIS: Pelecanos quote

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 27 Jun 2000 wrote:

> I just came across this interview with George Pelecanos and was struck
> by what I think is a dead-on criticism by him of much hardboiled lit.
> and films -- that too often we see men who are unusually affected by the
> schemes and demands of women who make the men do things they ordinarily
> wouldn't. Pouty lips and heaving bosoms, sad stories and breathy
> entreaties don't seem so realistic (maybe that's not the right word ...
> compelling, perhaps) as either they might have in another decade, or
> might have on my first reading of them. Am I being too harsh?
> ###
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> I'd basically come to the point where I was sick of
> noir, because now it's become a parody of a parody.
> It's like in movies_in the late stages of the '50s,
> noir movies became a parody, like Kiss Me Deadly, a
> great film, but it's a parody of noir. And so modern
> noir literature has become this James M. Cain riff
> where a guy is sucked into the web of a black-widow
> spider woman who makes him kill people. It's always
> wealthy white guys, they lose everything 'cause
> they're drunk on pussy or whatever.

Guilty as charged.


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