Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Manifesto

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 27 Oct 2005

I read Stansberry's Noir Manifesto. I agreed with about half of it. Some of his comments were just totally beyond me. I didn't see the supernatural as a significant element in Poe's "Murder in the Rue Morgue" or "The Death of Marie Roget".

I was also skeptical about the idea of breaking away from the shackles of the genre. That kind of talk always makes me nervous. Literature has been stuck on one plot for thousands of years, the struggle of man to prevail, and near as I can tell, it's still a vital and viable story.

Done the deed here in the hardboiled city of San Diego. Long trip home tomorrow.


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