Re: RARA-AVIS: Cotton Comes to Harlem

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 31 Jul 2002

Mark said:
> I was going to recommend that you read all seven of the other Coffin Ed
> and Gravedigger Jones, but then I remembered your vow to read only one
> by each author in your pile, then move on to the next. This got me
> wondering who you intend to go back to once you finish your list. Well?


Ahh! Thanks for asking, Mark! What I'm reading and what's on my list is one of my favorite subjects! I vowed to read 20 new authors. I'm 12 down with 8 to go. I've got Rabe, Derek Raymond, Woolrich, the "other" Mac- Donald guy, Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, and a couple others yet to go. Its been a spectacular ride and I've been very pleased with the exposure to all the new material. Reading the older books has been a special treat.

As soon as I've knocked off the 20 new ones, I'm going back to my tried and true buddies and reading Pelecanos's _Right as Rain_ and Connelly's
_Darkness More Than Night_. And I've got Gores's _Dead Man_, and reading the blurb on it makes me think it's a lot more hardcore than _Cases_. And another John D. MacDonald would be fun. Oh! And Cormac McCarthy's _Suttree_!

I also have it in mind to dig right in and read another 20 new authors. Right now I'm really interested in going back to around 1920 and moving up thru the evolution of hardboiled. The amount of great authors I haven't read is just amazing, and from the rara-avis group, I'm always learning about new ones. I keep a list.


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