Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Vachss: Robison, 2

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 19 Jan 2006

Interesting & thanks.

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:

> Robert Elkin wrote:
> > I mean this in the best of spirits, of course,
> > but--You Are Wrong, my friend, and your political
> > comments appended are naive in the extreme. If
> you
> > think the "right" is actually "pro-family" any
> more
> > than is the "left," you are conflating the empty
> > speech of politicians in the pay of big business
> > with
> > those of real people such as yourself and myself.
> > But
> > then again Hammett said it all a great deal better
> > than I could ever hope to in Red Harvest, so I'll
> > defer to that example (or do you scorn DH for
> > "leftist" activity & disregard him?)
> ******************
> And I accept it in the best of spirit, Robert. I
> agree that the specific comments you refer to are
> "naive in the extreme." They were meant as a
> tongue-in-cheek response to Joy's post. You go on
> to
> mention that my assessment of the differences
> between
> the left and right is inaccurate. That might be
> true
> also, but it doesn't really concern me. It wasn't
> my
> intention to provide a concise analysis of the
> different modes of American political thought, but
> instead to describe a well-established political
> stereotype which Vachss is playing to for all he's
> worth. If it seems like an oversimplified
> caricature
> or parody, I can only shrug my shoulders and point
> to
> the text.
> Your impression that I object to Vachss's writing
> because of its political slant is mistaken. I never
> said that I didn't like Vachss's writing because it
> was leftist. In fact, I believe that I have stated
> that I enjoyed his early works. My objection to his
> work came later on when it became too heavy-handed.
> I
> noted earlier that I believe that all fiction has a
> sub-text. When the sub-text becomes too strong,
> fiction has a tendency to degenerate into vulgar
> propaganda. I might agree with Ayn Rand's
> objectivism, but that doesn't lead me to praise
> Galt's
> tiresome monologue at the end of ATLAS SHRUGGED.
> Concerning your comment about whether I scorn a
> writer
> for his actions, I would respond that for the most
> part I'm not interested in how they act. I'm
> interested in how they write.
> miker
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