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

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 06 Jul 2004

Mario Taboada wrote (relevantly):

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 "engaged"literature.

************ I agree, Mario. Relevance doesn't require a contemporary setting serving up fashionable issues du jour.


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