Re: RARA-AVIS: Would You Like An Intro With That, Sir?

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 25 Sep 2006


Well, obviously nobody's forcing anyone to read the damn things, right? So you might as well have them.

Maybe you can have afterwords.

And anyway, some -- not all, but some -- writers benefit from contexts. I don't know if you need to know a lot about Goodis to appreciate his work, for example, but I do think knowing about Woolrich helps you understand what's going on there. And I do think a knowledge of the pb original world helps one to understand the environment in which Whittington was operating.

For more obscure writers, extra info. can let the reader know just who the heck the guy or gal is. I personally would've loved to see some info. on David Dodge or Seymour Shubin in some of Hard Cases's recent reprints.


> So what should it be, a frame, an "explanation",
> perhaps, for the
> stories, or is it better to just pick them up cold,
> and plunge into
> whatever world the author has prepared for us.
> Maybe we should read
> the stuff twice.
> David L. Wilson
> Downieville, CA

Doug Bassett

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