Re: RARA-AVIS: on noir

From: Marc Seals (
Date: 30 Sep 2005

Chandler wrote, in "The Simple Art of Murder" (when speaking of various distinctions within literature, namely "literature of expression" and "literature of escape"), "this is critics' jargon, a use of abstract words as if they had absolute meanings."

I wonder if he'd say the same for these unending debates on definitions of and distictions between noir and hard-boiled.... Abstract concepts DO have meaning, but trying to establish a concrete definition seems silly and perhaps even delusional.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Michael Robison

  Without a definition it has no meaning.

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