RE: RARA-AVIS: serial killers...

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 03 Dec 2001

mr. smith says:

 You must be in the Chandler camp on the ideas of romanticism in the hard-boiled, whereas I think the very nature of what Hammett and Cain did was much more like the Modernist experiment ("direct treatment of the thing itself" and "a hard and dry" writing).


yeah... maybe i am a chandler guy, although i have yet to read him. and although hemingway might not have started the "hard and dry", he became noted for it, and i am a big fan of his. but there was something to be read into his books... the "hard and dry" pointed to what remained unsaid, which was the essence of the work. without that, the writing is nothing.


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