Re: RARA-AVIS: Good and bad (was: when a cigar is not a cigar award)

From: Frankie Lee (
Date: 26 Apr 2002

> And please note
> that I am NOT against this type of reading of a
> text--it has validity, IMHO, when done well and in the
> proper context (I will humbly point to my paper on
> androgyny in Carroll John Daly, mentioned recently
> here, as a poor attempt to meet these criteria). But
> I object to things done badly.

I humbly want to underscore this point: good books are interesting whatever their hardboiledness - bad books are not (yes - there are exceptions). I think this was the conclusion in a previous exchange of views on the same subject.

Frankie Lee

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