RARA-AVIS: Moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 01 Dec 2004

Mark wrote:

>I'll second Mario's nomination of The Chill.
>On a sort of related note, I still remember Greil Marcus's Rolling Stone
>review of Last Good Kiss, which he called the best PI novel since The

Gee, I remember that one too -- it made me go out and buy the book, which I still think is Crumley's best by far. And didn't Marcus also do a column on Chandler about the same time, a collection of his best wisecracks?

And how the story about Warren Zevon and Ross Macdonald? And the Macdonald obit? And the original version of Wolfe's BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES? The Patty Hearst story? Mikal Gilmore's coverage of his brother's execution? All those great (and disturbing) true crime stories? Hunter S. Thompson? P.J. O'Rourke? Dave Marsh? Charles M. Young? And on and on.

It's a sad world when the most famous ROLLING STONE staffer is now lightweight filmmaker Cameron Crowe, whose lightweight rock crit career reached its pinnacle with his penning of the liner notes for FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE.

Kids, believe it or not, once upon a time ROLLING STONE was much much more than just a marginally hipper version of PEOPLE. Forget the cutting edge (and often surprisingly hard-boiled) writing on lit and music and politics and culture, now it's mostly, to quote those other Stones, starfuckastarfuckastarfuckastarfuckastar and regularly scheduled special issues and tributes to itself.


Kevin Burton Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site Holiday Issue New stories and the 2004 Thrillies. http://www.thrillingdetective.com

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