RARA-AVIS: Re: The Stuff People Skip

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 14 Jan 2006


Re your comments below:

"I recently read three books in succession that got me thinking about Elmore Leonard's famous dictum about cutting the stuff that people skip over. . . two largely follow Leonard's rule (in fact, Washington Post thriller critic, Patrick Anderson, brought up the rule in his very positive review of Wheelman)."

I don't think you mean to imply that Leonard was laying down hard and fast rules that all others must follow, but, just so it's clear, I think what Leonard actually said was, "I try to leave out the parts most people skip."

In other words, he was setting a personal rule that worked for him, not a universal rule that he insisted would work for all.


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