Re: RARA-AVIS: comic noir as black humor (was hardboiled comedy)

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 08 Mar 2005

> Comic isn't the same as humourous, but humour does seem to me a
> characteristic of noir. My question is: is it essential?
> Best,
> Kerry

Since there are a number of terrific noir novels devoid of humor (a few examples: Rex Stout's How Like a God, Seymour Shubin's Anyone's My Name, Double Indemnity, Postman Always Rings Twice (sorry, while I found the ending ironic and tragic, I didn't find any humor in it), David Goodis (Allan Guthrie disagrees!)), I would have to say no it is not essential.

-Dave Z.

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