RARA-AVIS: Re: Re: Introduction

From: Charlie Williams ( cs_will@btopenworld.com)
Date: 13 Oct 2004

"Susan Evans Shaw" wrote:

> Where's the joy in trashing Dorothy Sayers and
> cosies? They may not be to everyone's taste, but
> they have a right to existence.

Firstly, hello Susan and welcome to the list.

The joy in trashing Dorothy Sayers comes from the fact that Russell James did it. He's a gifted features writer. He wrote the piece in the context of a Crime Time edition devoted to DLS, so his was a small and much needed dissenting voice. There's nothing worse than an avalanche of praise.

But in writing a damning piece, a critic is not necessarily denying the right of others to enjoy the subject. He's just saying the subject is shit. Which is every critic's right, isn't it?

Charlie Williams.

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