Re: RARA-AVIS: "Criminal Conversation" in the PARIS REVIEW Crime issue, #164

From: jumblejim (
Date: 28 Mar 2003

> Todd quoted this:
> Evan Hunter: I came to Chandler when I was very young and loved him,
> of course, but I loved him for the very things I learned not to like
> later on. Sentimentality about the city, sexy women sliding toward
> you [wonder if he meant to say sidling, or perhaps did and was
> mistranscribed].--all this stuff would appeal to an adolescent. Late
> on when I began to reread him to see what had so captivated me, I
> really found a great many flaws in the writing.
> Elmore Leonard: I agree with Evan. I didn't learn anything at all
> from Chandler, or from Dashiell Hammett.

Then how come them guys couldn't write as good as Chandler or Hammett? Mebbe they SHOULDA learned something from 'em.

I love Leonard's Westerns--haven't cared for the one or two crime novels. And I love the 87th Precinct stuff. But if these guys think they write better than Chandler, I'm gonna have to pause and reflect a bit. Or suggest that they do.

Jim Beaver Nawyecka Productions jumblejim@prodigy.spam
(replace "spam" with "net")

"Why, of course, the people don't want war. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders . . . All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
             --Hermann Goering

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