Re: RARA-AVIS: The meaning of hardboiled

From: Jim Beaver (
Date: 13 Jul 2000

> Thanks, Jim.
> Hmmmm, "...effusive, overblown, pretentious dreck." Almost sounds kind of
> a return to Thomas Wolfe, doesn't it?

> I guess we all can agree on one thing: whatever hardboiled is, it ain't
> Wolfe.

Absolutely correct, it ain't.

That said, Thomas Wolfe is my favorite author of all time, with Chandler second. I don't find either of them overblown, pretentious, or dreck. In wildly different ways, they each thrill me, no matter how many times I read them. And I do, over and over and over.

Jim Beaver

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