Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir Manifesto

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 29 Oct 2005

Mark wrote:

Wouldn't a coercive society make a far better host? I'd say that at least (and often at most) the illusion of social mobility is necessary for characters to dream of a better life, which often leads to the bad things individuals (and groups) do to have "a better life."

************** Didn't mean to be so abrupt in the earlier response. And yes, I agree with you. It appears to me that in all the noirs I can recall, there must be the possibility of the protagonist's success, however remote. Also, the protagonist must be at least partially responsible for his predicament, so there's got to be enough freedom for him to screw himself.

The degree of responsibility the protagonist shoulders for his situation sweeps the scale.


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