<<Brackett's NO GOOD FROM A CORPSE is already slipping
away. I count that a blessing.>>
Ah, the dangers of imitating Chandler... Why have writers
tried to imitate the hardest one of them all?
The gratuitous anecdote: The other day I was chatting with an
Italian friend, in relation to whose work I mentioned
Calvino... Nooooooo!, he shouted. No-one should write like
Calvino. That's dangerous stuff, death in fact. Moravia,
fine. Buzzati, fine. But not Calvino, please!!
I think Hammetians have fared a lot better than Chandlerians.
And if this stokes the fires of definitional and stylistic
hell, so be it.
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