RARA-AVIS: Re: Dirty White Boys (was Hard Boiled Pulitzer)

From: Al Guthrie ( allanguthrie@ukonline.co.uk)
Date: 15 Apr 2003

----- Original Message -----

> Terrill Lankford wrote:
> > The great Hard Boiled novelist Stephen Hunter has received a Pulitzer
> prize
> > for his film criticism, which runs in the Washington Post. This is the
> first
> > time that award has been given to a film journalist since 1975.
> >
> > Nice to see one of the Dirty White Boys make good!
Miker wrote:
> That is good to hear. I haven't read any of his articles on film but I've
> certainly
> enjoyed the two novels I've read by him. I know that Swagger is a great
> hillbilly asskicker good guy, but maybe it's a sign of my growing
> to
> noir that my favorite character so far has been THE dirty white boy.
> sorry I can't remember his name. Is it Lamar? I haven't forgotten his
> fight with
> the big badass inmate in the shower, or the great Denny's robbery and
> out, or his homicidal lil honey. A fine piece of fiction.

It is Lamar, and he's summed up brilliantly in the book's opening sentence:
"Three men at McAlester State Penitentiary had larger penises than Lamar Pye, but all were black and therefore, by Lamar's own figuring, hardly human at all."


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