Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardboiled genealogy

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 07 Feb 2006

Thanks for the hostility, Brian. Much appreciated.

--- Brian Thornton <> wrote:
> Robert Elkin wrote:
> > Prof. Abbott--
> > If you're going to do an Ellroy cop novel, White
> > Jazz is the over-the-top example; Black Dahlia,
> > while a good read, uncovers no significant new
> > ground, in terms of form or subject.
> > Just a note.
> On the other hand, THE BLACK DAHLIA has a
> discernible plot, realistic dialogue, engaging
> characters. "Over the top" is one way to describe
> WHITE JAZZ, I suppose. Especially if you finish the

> description by adding a few choices words: "So over
> the top that it strays into the realm of
> unintentional self-parody." I found it virtually
> unreadable. So, as I have with several of the works

> of James Joyce and Leo Tolstoy, I'm going to have to

> take the word of far larger brains that it has some
> sort of literary value.
> [para.] For my money, it made it clear to me once
> for all that there was no cesspit too rank for
> to want to roll around in.
> Your Mileage May Vary.
> Brian Thornton

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