Re: RARA-AVIS: 3/29/02 - Top 100 List A QUESTION RE: VOTING

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 29 Mar 2002

Erick Anderson:

> As I review the list and start thinking about voting, I realize that I'm
> sure what I'm voting for. Mark's original one line suggestion was "How
> a Hardboiled 100?" or words to that effect. Does that mean I should be
> winnowing my list to those that are the most hardboiled, or am I looking
> memorable characters from novels considered to be hardboiled? Was this
> discussed in any more detail ater in the thread (and missed by me?)

Erick, You missed some discussion on the list about this. I decided we should use the same terminology used used by the NPR list and call it The Best 100 Hard Boiled Characters Since 1900. I think every voter has to decide on their own how to interpret the word 'best.' Since I have joined the list there have been many debates on how to define hard boiled so I guess you have to decide for yourself whether a character belongs. We could use the word noir to encompass the whole field instead but I think Bill Denton uses hard boiled. Mark

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