RE: RARA-AVIS: James Loftus

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 13 Apr 2004

Ah, Loftus, a cult classic like Cedric Titus, Herbert Quain and Pierre Menard.

I wouldn't call Loftus noir, though. I've heard his stuff described as "halfboiled suet". Another critic wrote, more significantly that (o. t. t. o. m. h. and correct me if I'm wrong):

"Loftus intends to explore the operational process underlying the influence of alterity on the creation and utilization of language, a species of process that takes advantage of the metastructural, hypertextual and co-textual factors in order to arrive, ultimately or never, at the (re)production, (re)ception and (dis)placement of such a fragment of linked verbal interaction, in its manifestation as an example of co-dominant discoursic practices."

Best, and it's good to see that so many halfcore fans still remember Loftus, an unjustly neglected pulpster.


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