Re: RARA-AVIS: Miss Lonelyhearts: Al

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 03 Oct 2002

Miker, I place West within a specifically Jewish tradition. To the classic "I'm getting screwed", this tradition adds
"And I'm a schmuck". In Goodis, you just have the getting screwed thing. There is no irony. It's an important difference. Another difference is that West was a much more sophisticated writer than Goodis, more cerebral. With Goodis, you get the raw picture of the loser thrashing about; with West (as with Willeford, an important parallel), you get a smart and articulate observer telling you about the schmuck.



"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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