RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: On Noir

From: Bruce Makous (
Date: 04 Oct 2005

With great respect to all, I would have to say that the ongoing philosophical debate is what makes this list what it is. It's priceless stuff, and the passion with which opinions are expressed makes it better than any TV tennis match. I love having a front row seat, and each time there is a go round about definitions of hardboiled or noir or whatever, we end up in at least a slightly different locale. I think that proves this is the cutting edge. I always learn a lot. Deserves a bigger audience, too.

Best wishes to all, Bruce Makous

> >If someone pulls one together, I'd be glad to make it part of the welcome
> >message. I tried to do it a while ago but got bogged down. Even a
> >point-form list of terms and definitions (including Jim Doherty's and the
> >Jack Bludis Heresey), historical facts about Gallimard, etc., would be
> >really useful.
> Man, I can't do that AND keep going rounds with Jim too.
> > We do rehash a lot of the same stuff, and maybe we could
> >work it down to just saying "#10!" "No, #14!" "But you forgot #7!" "Oh,
> >all right, you win."
> That's joke #68, and I've heard it before.

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