RE: RARA-AVIS: Hemingway noir: Polichar

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 23 Feb 2004

From: Valerie E. Polichar Al Guthrie:
> Emotionless noir, to my mind, is an oxymoron.

I don't mean that Hemingway's stories are emotionless, though -- far from it. Only that he uses deliberately wooden (bad word choice there, I can't think of a better one at the moment) language to bring the reader to the emotions of the characters. Which is a neat trick.

--How about "flat" rather than "wooden"--as in flat affect. Or stated flatly. TM

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