RE: RARA-AVIS: Mr T's UK vs. US toughness.

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 24 Jul 2002

Al said: We know what you look like. You shouldn't have put your picture on your website. If you set foot in Britain your chances of survival are going to be pretty slim.

*************************** my only hope is that, in a case of mistaken identity, my punishment is meted out to terrill lankford instead of me.

then Al said: Anyway, doesn't heroism transcend culture?

*************************** hmm... now that is a damn good question! i don't know the answer to that. let me read up on carl jung and get back to you. i'm kinda leaning toward your definition of the hero as an archetype, but with the additional stipulation that he's gotta carry some cultural baggage. across the board, a hero is gonna be noble and do good deeds and be brave, and i'm thinking he sorta lives by a certain code of honor, but the definition of all these things is malleable. clavell's _shogun_ comes to mind as far as an example of cultural shock over the hero definition, but that's sorta veering off-topic. on-topic, hardboiled is all about redefining earlier hero definitions, isn't it? the big thing about the hardboiled hero is that "tarnished" element. he's been a bad boy, and he's not beyond being a bad boy again, but he's still the hero.

Al continues: Quite apart from which, is Rebus anybody's idea of a hero?


i'd say that without a doubt rebus is a hero. in the face of countless adversities, rebus continues his fight for truth, justice, and the american way... er, british way.


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