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

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 06 Jul 2004

John, the concept of "relevance" you bring up is most often restricted to a given historical period --this is its attraction for coeval readers, but can be its downfall once the markers are no longer recognized, or the reader's emotions are no longer easily stirred by them, or the
"issue" has been transformed beyond recognition, or, rarely, the issue has been solved.

Take Hamlet, for example. The other day I watched Olivier's magnificent 1944 film of this tragedy, and it seemed more universally appealing than ever. In fact, it seemed more modern than most Hollywood movies in recognizing the sexuality of an older woman who is also a mother (this is practically a taboo in mainstream American media). Also, in how it withholds an a priori judgment of what the characters are doing. Very valid, very relevant, but in a completely different sense from consciously

There is no conclusion to this post, but we can continue hacking until something coughs up...



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