Re: RARA-AVIS: The Simple Art of Murder

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 15 Mar 2004

I wrote: The whole of the essay is personal emotional baggage poorly disguised as literary commentary.

Mark responded <snipped>: You say that like it's a bad thing. I'm becoming more and more convinced that criticism is really just the rationalization of gut responses.

*************** Haha! Quit teasing me! Of course, your point is well taken. I agree with you that our thoughts are colored by our emotions. And it's possible that emotions are a personal thing and solely subjective, but I don't buy that. My vote goes for a consensus of the quality and aesthetic of the emotion. A child throwing a temper tantrum because his immature and selfish needs have not been catered to is one thing. The mother crying for this child when it gets run over by a bus is another.

There is no question in my mind as to which side of the fence Chandler was playing on when he wrote "The Simple Art of Murder."


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