Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Re: Introduction

From: Susan Evans Shaw (
Date: 13 Oct 2004

  Hello to you too and thanks for the welcome. I see my education is just beginning. I know nothing of Russell James. Can you suggest a title or two?


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Charlie Williams
  To: rara-avis
  Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 6:34 AM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Re: Introduction

  "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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