Re: RARA-AVIS: soft boiled Sunday morning

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 10 Oct 2005

--- In, ejgorman99@a... wrote:

> I thought King did a great job but I thought the reporter was
uninformed and
> condescending. The piece started off with the host saying
something about it
> sure wasn't high art but pulp did have a big following...John D.
once commented
> that he wrote fiction for men who carried their lunches in buckets
and he
> thought that they were his primary audience.

I didn't see the piece on CBS but liked the lunch bucket comment by John D. About the time JDM began hitting the best seller lists, I once read a piece by Kurt Vonnegut, probably a review, which made similar insightful comments. Vonnegut, who did a few paperback originals himself, must have felt the need to explain John D'S "sudden" popularity to those tempted to look down their noses. MacDonald, Vonnegut explained, built a loyal audience book by book in the drug stores and PXs of America of readers who appreciated a good story, well-told.

Richard Moore

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