RARA-AVIS: Loose threads

From: Sally Jane Driscoll ( renza9@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 Apr 2002

Thanks for all the info on "yob," but I still want to blame czarist sailors on the docks in Liverpool and Limehouse.

Miker, not so sludgy. That must be "Prufrock," as in Eliot's "The Love Song of Alfred J. ..." and Archie and Mehitabel (that was Eliot, wasn't it?), the cat and the typing cockroach.

I agree with Jack that the scenes of the French in the movie were invaluable. It was like a lightbulb going on: "Oh, so THAT'S why!" And wasn't there a new sentence or two when Sheen was receiving his orders in the trailer (with that slimebag Harrison Ford character present), when the ranking officer says the politicians are keeping the military from doing their job? As for criticism of America---hey, we only look bad compared with Mao's happy kingdom and Fidel's sugar plantation. (Boy, does that show restraint.) No more politics for me here.

Can military characters be considered hardboiled
(i.e., Patton, The Dirty Dozen, Andy McNab's Nick Stone)? Or cowboys? How about the Indian bad-guy character (sorry, I forget his name) in McMurtry's Lonesome Dove? I'd say not in the same way because war and western fiction are whole other genres.



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