RARA-AVIS: A Pig in Mud

From: Michael Robison ( zspider@gte.net)
Date: 08 Nov 2002

Bill Crider wrote:
> I'm impressed by your reading program, miker, and by your
> persistence. That Perelman essay has been discussed here
> before, but I don't know if anyone has mentioned where to
> find it. It was originally published in The New Yorker, I
> believe, and it's been reprinted often.

********* I'm having great fun with it. For years I read just contemporary off-the- shelf mysteries from a generic bookstore. Then when the super-bookstores came around, and stocked old stuff, like Hammett and Chandler, I would walk by and look at them and wonder. I was afraid to read them because I was afraid it would be old and stuffy or way too pulpy. Most of the rare bird members have been reading old hardboiled/noir for a lot longer than Bill Denton's list-server has been around, but that's definitely not the case with me. I learned about all the old stuff, and even a lot of contemporary writers, right here on the list.

Reading several different authors from several time periods has enabled me to at least catch a glimpse of the whole hardboiled/noir vista. For me, one of the big revelations has been the old "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" adage.

I appreciate all the help and patience the list members have shown me. I'm happier than a pig in mud.


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