Re: RARA-AVIS: Mickey Spillane

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 09 Mar 2006

I'm a big fan.

My favorite comment about Spillane was by Kingsley Amis, of all people. In some essay he rather controversially put Spillane ahead of Chandler and Stout. Now, I don't buy *that*, but his explanation was fantastic, something like (paraphrasing):

"A depiction of an unappealing universe in no way diminishes the talent of the creator of said universe."

Which I think is exactly right. In Spillane's best books, anyway. You wouldn't exactly want to spend any time there, but it's a fascinating vision.


--- Bill Crider <> wrote:

> According to the local paper, Mickey Spillane is 88
> years old today. I'm
> not sure if there are many Spillane fans here, but I
> loved his books when I
> read them 45-50 years ago, and I can still re-read
> them with enjoyment. So
> happy birthday to him, and may he have many more.
> Bill Crider
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
> removed]

Doug Bassett

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