You may have failed your own test here ... Spenser quoting
from books would be a "show" not a "tell" as ... he picked up
John Irving's latest and started to read where he left off
... would be in comparison. As far as Spenser goes, I don't
think there's a general acceptance that he's even hard-boiled
to begin with. Marlowe cooks or fries at least.
-- Anthony Dauer, MS MIS Alexandria, Virginia
Judas is looking for a few Femme Fatales for its next issue:
-----Original Message----- From: Dixon H. Chandler II Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 8:53 AM
But here, I disagree. Spenser QUOTES a lot, but I don't recall his ever actually reading a book. I've just read three recent Spensers in a row, and he watches football on TV, but doesn't read. Marlowe, on the other hand, READS. That's why Chandler is a more careful writer than Parker, and a better one. He follows that grad school dictum: "Show, don't tell."
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