Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Spillane and misogyny

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 09 Jul 2006

MY GUN IS QUICK, whose title is at least by one read a satiric commentary on Hammer's lack of rational resources. Rob

--- wrote:

> Jim,
> I think you're right that he's just not my taste.
> For instance, miker
> recently pointed out how many of Chandler's
> murderers were women, but
> that never bothered me. Similarly, I'm a big fan of
> noir films with
> femmes fatales (whether or not they get away with
> it), a depiction many
> find sexist, if not outright misogynist. So it
> can't just be Hammer's
> dispatching of female killers that bothers me, a
> dismissal that has even
> less validity now that you've proven that Spillane
> believes in sexual
> equality when it comes to villainy.
> I think it's probably telling that my favorite Mike
> Hammer film is Kiss
> Me Deadly, the one Spillane hated because Hammer is
> shown as far from
> heroic, basically using Velda to run badger games.
> Also kind of enjoyed
> Stacey Keach's Hammer, but mostly for the
> spoofiness. While I do
> recognize the bits of tongue in cheek humor in the
> few novels of his
> I've read, the proud brutishness overwhelmed it for
> me.
> Maybe it was because I read them in college that the
> anti-intellectualism particularly offended the
> intellectual I was then
> (somewhat ostentatiously) trying to become. I like
> to think I've
> outgrown at least some of that snobbiness.
> And with that mind, maybe I'll try him again. Which
> Hammer book do you
> (or anyone else) recommend as his best?
> Mark

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