Re: RARA-AVIS: Swimming, Angie and proofing

From: Kerry (
Date: 21 Apr 2002

At 07:41 AM 4/21/02 -0400, Jim Blue wrote:

>Because the former rises from a battle with personal demons, a hard
>boiled theme as old as the genre, while the latter violates even Sam Spade's
>oft repeated motto, "I won't play the sap for you."

But Spade is a sap, as are all the characters in The Maltese Falcon, conned by some unseen hand into lying, cheating, killing and, perhaps most telling of all, the mistrust and denial of love. This for the pursuit of a worthless chunk of lead.

Fortlow faces similar limitations. So far as I've read, he hasn't tried to escape the ghetto so much as tried to find and maintain his singular humanity within it. Can't we think of the ghetto metaphorically then, related to the psychological trap of an abusive relationship?


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