RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 28 Aug 2006

My thoughts exactly, Al, and one can find "truth" walking down the street--a white toga is optional dress.

The older I get the more I find Reality and Truth to be sometimes illusive terms. One key variable is point-of-view. Several times in recent years I have discovered that a person I shared an experience with twenty or thirty years before viewed it in an entirely different way. The reality that my memory held for all those years was completely different from the memory of the other person and so were the lessons learned--truth.

One of the joys of reading fiction is experiencing fresh points of view and sometimes several POVs of the same event in one story.

By the way, my comparison of detective stories to westerns was not meant as a putdown of either as I enjoy both. My point was there is a wider recognition that the fictional west is usually very different from the historical west. I love Hammett's Continental Op stories and that has nothing to do with how closely they are pegged to the reality of private detective work in the 1920s.

Richard Moore
--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
> Hmmm. Surely some of the enjoyment of reading fiction is that you
experience other people's reality. You can't do that by walking down the street.
> Al
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Michael Robison
> To: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 2:24 AM
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison
> Richard Moore wrote:
> Great points, Kevin. Most private eye stories--almost
> all of them have the same relationship to reality that
> most western stories have...
> *************
> If I was looking for reality, I wouldn't read books.
> I could just walk down the street. Reality in fiction
> is overrated. It's truth I'm looking for.
> miker
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