RARA-AVIS: defining noir

From: Lehane, Con [NEA] ( CLehane@nea.org)
Date: 12 Feb 2003

I like "the product of a diseased and demented mind" myself. Actually, I think that the difficulty in putting noir into a neatly defined category is an indication of the genre's vibrancy as a form ... it shouldn't be easy to categorize powerful writing, I hope. On a panel at the Cape Fear Crime Festival ... chaired by our own Jack Bludis ... Stuart Kaminsky talked about being in touch with the ancient myths. I sort of like that. On another note, I'd also like to cast my vote for discussing Simenon. I'm a big fan of the Maigret books ... and would be really interested in how you all think they relate to noir.

best, con lehane
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