RARA-AVIS: Rara-Avis presents the Nobel

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 22 Jan 2004

Mario wrote about potential Nobel candidates:

The US could put a great lineup for the Nobel with, say, Bradbury, Leonard, Westlake and Cormac McCarthy
--I did not say Updike or Oates. Crime and SF writers have been for decades among the most interesting US writers. Not a great secret, except to The Establishment.

************* I would second Cormac McCarthy. BLOOD MERIDIAN is stunning. CHILD OF GOD ain't too shaggy, either. Does it only go to living people? I'd put Willeford high up on the short list.

I'm reading Ross MacDonald's ZEBRA-STRIPED HEARSE right now, and I'm relieved. I didn't much care for his DARK TUNNEL, and I was not looking forward to the prospect of reading another of his and deciding I didn't like him. I like this one. It's got a lot more soul that the first.


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