Re: RARA-AVIS: Brackett & cross genre influences

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 01 Sep 2003

At 03:24 PM 9/1/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>Burroughs is always worth reading. What he lacked in
>subtlety (everything) he made up in force and momentum. I
>find him compulsively readable. Not that long ago, I read
>an essay by Vidal in which he echoes these marvellous
>insights of mine.

Hear, hear. Burroughs' writing was informed with an energy few either in or out of the pulp realm could match. He tried his hand at a couple of mysteries, but they fell flat on their faces. Did you ever read "The Mad King"? Or "The Rider"?

>Since we are monthless, how about a Max Brand month? He was
>hardboiled, he wrote tons of books and stories, and, at
>least in the US, his stuff is easily available. Especially
>his westerns.

I liked Brand (particularly "Thunder Moon."). Any recommendations?

All the Best,


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