RARA-AVIS: Men's Magazines, "The Big Bounce," Armitage Versus Frankenheimer

From: chrisaschneider@earthlink.net
Date: 20 Aug 2003

-------Original Message------- From: Bill Crider < bcrider@houston.rr.com> Sent: 08/20/03 06:49 AM To: rara-avis@icomm.ca Subject: RARA-AVIS: Here's my theory

> I've spent a good bit of time lately perusing Adam Parfrey's wonderful book IT'S A MAN'S WORLD: MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGAZINES, THE POSTWAR PULPS. So here's my theory. The pulps never died. In the 1950s, they were continued in the form of paperback books and men's adventure magazines (the ones with great stories, often supposed to be true, like "Death Orgy of the Leopard Women").


Gary Indiana's review of the Parfrey, written for the Los Angeles Times, is very much worth looking at.
I recently read "The Big Bounce," in anticipation of the upcoming Armitage-directed movie remake, and one of the things that struck me was how the young male protag kept reading these magazines.
What sort of image of masculinity tended to be projected by these stories? Idyllic or psychotic?
The reason I ask is that, in the Leonard, that scene where Young Male Protag lurked outside Mr. Majestyk's house and "The Tall T" was playing on television seemed to imply a dichotomy between Life As It Should Be Led (i.e. by Randolph Scott) and the protag's life (petty crime and dallying with unbalanced females).
Would male life, as depicted in these magazines, be anything that anyone would want to emulate?
A Side Note: For all that the Armitage sounds promsing, I kept thinking of "Reindeer Games" ... imagining a parallel "Bounce" which kept the Michegan setting and had Frankenheimer as is director as well as Affleck playing its bat-wielding protag ...

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