Re: RARA-AVIS: Themes of the months

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 19 Aug 2002

<<And nobody has rang in on whether Farrell's THE GIRL EVERY- BODY KNEW, which came out in 1928, is hardboiled or not.>>

I haven't read it or even seen it. I'm working my way through Farrell's short stories. Tough stuff, with a *lot* of slang from the old days. Roscoes and such. Sometimes this becomes tedious, too noticeable, but there are stories where the slang is the thing. Farrell may have been second-echelon to Faulkner, Hemingway and a few others, but that's nothing to be ashamed of. I will report when I finished the stories, which will probably be a long time from now. He wrote a lot of them.



"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain

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