Re: RARA-AVIS: Someone who doesn't like Pelecanos

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 02 Jul 2004

It seems like these guys don't like an awful lot of stuff they haven't read.


On Jul 2, 2004, at 10:37 AM, William Denton wrote:

> From an interview with Trevor Maviano, at
> | But these are all guys that at least know their way around. Someone
> like
> | Pelecanos, I call him the shoe salesman of crime fiction. His rhythms
> | are wrong. He tries awful hard to be gritty. That's how it comes off
> to
> | a guy like me, is tryin.... I find his stuff to be incredibly
> contrived,
> | in that it is trying to expand the genre into new areas, but I don't
> | [want] to hear preaching about racial division in the United States
> | mixed in with my crime fiction. I just want crime. If I want to read
> | something political, I'll read non-fiction for Christ's sake.
> I think that's pretty much wrong on all counts. Maviano later
> contradicts
> himself, saying, "My view of crime is different than some people's. I
> feed
> off a social conflict model, that I think Marx inspired quite a bit. I
> see
> crime for profit as being a political thing."
> Bill
> --
> William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat
> lector.

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