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

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 17 May 2004

Mark wrote:

> 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.


We have discussed Cormac MacCarthy's "Blood Meridian" in this context on this list before. Have you read it? Frontier noir, for my money.

All the Best-


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