Re: RARA-AVIS: Joe R. Lansdale

Date: 18 Apr 2005

I don't think you give Joe nearly enough credit to say he "transcribes." I know you don't mean to portray him as any less skillful by that, and maybe you took my mention of imagination in the wrong way, but it is a much less demanding task to write just what you experience. Of course, Joe uses all the Texas details he knows, but it's his seamless way of working all that into a plot that shows skill. Plots and characters don't come fully formed. Life is imperfect, without structure, unjust, artless--that's why we have fiction. Vicki

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