Re: RARA-AVIS: Tarantino and Higgins

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 21 Nov 2001

I can't remember the exact quote or source of Tarantino's Hiaasen comment, but I think he was discussing how he was often criticized for presenting violence as humorous and he brought up Hiaasen, citing examples from his books of really out there absurdist violence that would be grotesque on a literal level, but are hilarious as presented in the books. I think QT went on to say how he could never get away with presenting on the screen what Hiaasen put on the page.

And I've got to agree, just think of all of the lost body parts in many of his books.

While searching for (and not finding) the source of my memory, I ran across this reference to QT's knowing about Willeford (it's from the Atlantic article about Willeford):

"Willeford never found humor and violence mutually exclusive. (Perhaps that's why he proved a source of inspiration to Quentin Tarantino.
"[Pulp Fiction] is not noir," Tarantino has said. "I don't do neo-noir. I see Pulp Fiction as closer to modern-day crime fiction, a little closer to Charles Willeford.")"


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