From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 14 Feb 2003

Al said: Noir comes from the inside out. It's a character's perception of a place, not the place itself. If you're paranoid, you're paranoid the world over, not just New York or LA. Noir fiction doesn't get any more noir than David Goodis (IMO).

********** I agree with this for the most part. You can have dramatic shadows, dark alleyways, sleazy bars, dirty tenements, and green slime, but if you got Pollyanna walking through it all, then the noir fizzles. The environmental effects serve as an amplifier for the internal strife.


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