Re: RARA-AVIS: Faulkner and Brackett

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 29 Jun 2004

Mr. T. wrote:

> 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!!

Who the hell COULD imitate Calvino? I've only read INVISIBLE CITIES, but the fellow's work truly does seem inimitable.

> I think Hammetians have fared a lot better than
> Chandlerians. And if this stokes the fires of definitional
> and stylistic hell, so be it.

I tend to agree. Would you clasify Joe Gores as a Hammetian? I just finished 32 CADILLACS and loved it.

All the Best-

Brian Thornton

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