Re: RARA-AVIS: Elmore Leonard in the New York Times

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 17 Jul 2001

Thanks for the link. The advice is solid. Leonard belongs to the Hemingway-E.B. White-Orwell school of writing. And he practices what he preaches.

Now the NYT should ask James Lee Burke to write a similar column, just to present the opposite point of view and confuse things.

Sequitur: If you're Faulkner, anything goes. I just finished rereading _Go Down Moses_, a masterpiece of characterization. The verbiage is part of the thing, and the thing is quite hardboiled in spirit, as is often the case with Faulkner. Few people today read this type of book, and even fewer write it. Is it because nowadays authors are fearful of offending readers, or of sounding callous? Which brings us back, at least tangentially, to the American manhood and womanhood thing.




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