Re: RARA-AVIS: Meaning of noir

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 03 Oct 2005

----- Original Message ----- From: "CLehane" <>
> Albert Camus once said, "The absurd has meaning only in so far as it is
> not
> agreed to."--or something like that. Do you suppose this applies to noir
> also?

I don't know about that, but there are definite similarities between absurdity and Cain/Woolrich/Willeford/Brewer/Goodis-line noir.

Ionesco said: "Absurd is that which is devoid of purpose." Senseless, in other words. Which is surely what the doomed man's life has become.

Cheers, Al

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