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

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 05 Jul 2004

Kerry, I am sorry to see you bring up the old "relevance" thing, a war-horse of the sixties (though perhaps you give it a new sense).

Why should the work of a crime writer be "relevant" to a particular social problem? I say leave that to the help industry--unless there's a good crime story in it, of course...

By the way, I am not complacent . I don't care whether an author is young and starting out or a long-dead pulpster. It's the work that counts, and if you want to talk about
*literary* relevance, now that's hard to predict.



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