Re: RARA-AVIS: Today in Literature

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 22 Feb 2005

At 10:53 PM 21/02/2005 -0800, you wrote:

>It's February 22, Morley Callahan's birthday today. Go out and K.O. a
>Writers beating the crap out of each other, now that's more like it.

Callaghan wrote in many styles, publishing No Man's Meat in 1931. If I recall correctly, Callaghan considered this a breakthrough in his writing, but it was too raw and explicit to be a popular success at that time, in Canada at least. No Man's Meat was republished in 1978 in a combined volume with The Enchanted Pimp, the latter novella as fine an example of Canuck Noir as any I've read.

There may be more, but as a slow reader I've thus far tracked Callaghan mostly as the mythic Hemingway slayer rather than through his works. My loss indeed.

>Funny though, a lot of hard-boiled writers are sorta, well, wimpy. And
>the ones that try to cultivate a hard image are usually phoney

I'm trying to decide whether to take that personal, Smith.

Best Kerry

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