Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

From: david david (
Date: 30 Aug 2006

i agree to the extent that i only like nonsense in a story when it seems to make sense to be nonsensical
(if that makes sense).

--- Dave Zeltserman <> wrote:

> David wrote:
> > i want a book
> > full of sex and danger, rain-soaked streets,
> whiskey,
> > ambiguity, and a big fat question mark hovering
> over
> > everything like the eye of a dead god. (sings)
> > that's entertaaaainment!!
> same as me, as long as the sex, danger, etc. makes
> sense and isn't
> just there for gratuitous effect. If it feels true,
> then it works,
> otherwise it loses me.
> In the great Hammett short, The Gutting of
> Couffignal, when the
> Continental Op shoots the Russian broad in the leg
> and then asks her
> what'd she expected from a guy who'd steal a crutch
> from a cripple--
> it was perfect. It was true to the character and
> didn't cheat, and
> delivered an ending (and story) that resonates with
> the reader. If
> Hammett wasn't a great writer and changed the ending
> to something
> gratuitous, such as the Op ripping the broad's dress
> and the two of
> them going at before eventually arresting her, the
> story would've
> sucked, and we would've been cheated as readers.

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