transcendence (was Re: Fwd: RARA-AVIS: JDM)

Date: 15 Jun 2006


I certainly didn't think you were dissing current crime writing. Instead, I understood you to mean that your listed authors did (still do, in some cases) not just write great crime fiction, but that their works somehow transcend genre fiction (not implying that they do not also statisfy genre requirements) to become something else, maybe more. Their concerns go beyond telling a good story to address the human condition and/or other concerns of "Big L" Literature.

Not that there's anything wrong with telling a good story. In fact, there's a whole lot right about it. I'll choose a good story over the concerns of "Big L" Literature almost every time. On rare occasions, though, you get both. And I'd place Sallis among those few who even attempt (and in his case, often succeeds at) this.


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