RE: RARA-AVIS: Pelecanos: new one

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 24 Aug 2000

On Wed, 23 Aug 2000, Pat Zeitoun wrote:

> I am disturbed by your assertion that Pelicanos' books," are actually
> rewritings of
> buddy-buddy westerns." He writes truthfully and accurately about the life
> of the immigrant and first generation Greeks in this country.

To say that Pelecanos rewrites westerns isn't to say that he can't write truthfully and accurately about the immigrant life. Pelecanos's work is thougtful and sincere, but ideologically they are westerns. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. And no one else beside the man can do that particular job. This is what "King Suckerman" is about. "The Sweet Forever" is more complicated and therefore I held it in a higher esteem that "King".


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