Re: RARA-AVIS: College Debate

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 29 Aug 2000

On Mon, 28 Aug 2000 wrote:

> Let me see if I have this right. Someone is going to present a college
> course containing materials all of us care about and enjoy. Some of the
> students may have never encountered hard-boiled and noir before. The worst
> that can happen is that the teacher chooses inferior works

Like "Red Harvest" or "The Big Clock" that he had for sure. Give the guy a break!

> or interprets them
> badly, but even if that happens, the students get a look at the material.
> The teacher came here asking for material suggestions.
> Wow, what a terrible person.
> All those who have flamed him from a safe distance are such courageous
> souls. I'm sure glad they're doing all they can to keep our precious
> hard-boiled stuff out of undeserving hands.

I was also left wondering: why such an anger? There can be no harm done, if these kids are going to be told about great books.


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