Re: RARA-AVIS: Slang

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 04 Jun 2003

I'v come to the conclusion that abusing slang is a weakness in a writer. If a story is good, you don't need so much garnish. A bit goes a long way. Even Chandler's patois gets tiresome sometimes.

I submit Graham Greene, Paul Bowles and Donald Westlake as my witnesses (but only because I've been reading these authors recently and because their prose is outstanding in precision *and* expressivity).



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