Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler's "Noir Feel" for LA (was Denise Hamilton)

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 16 May 2004

Kerry wrote:

"Westerns too, assume evil (if at all) is a function of geography, though they quickly move beyond that."

I haven't read many (hardly any) westerns, but going by the movies, evil in westerns is embodied in the civilization that is encroaching upon the open spaces of the frontier (geography), bringing with it all of civilization's corruption. Hardboiled and noir are (often) set within that corruption that has become inescapable after the open spaces had been paved over.


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