Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: What is a private eye?

From: Schooley (
Date: 23 Aug 2001

Dick Lochte wrote:

> The thing to bear in mind in trying to arrive at some workable
> definition -- private eye, noir, hardboiled, etc. -- is that, as
> entertaining as these discussions may be, in our heart of hearts we
> really don't want these kinds of categories. The books or movies or TV
> shows that most of us prize are usually the ones that don't slavishly
> conform to any established category. Or am I wrong?

No, I think you're dead on. Categories are for after the fact, when we reflect on something good, and try to explain why to others we think might enjoy it.

Personally I don't care what kind of dick a gal is, but I know it's important to others.


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