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

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 26 Sep 2006

Yes, please.

Particularly, as others have stated, if it's a reprint. Or if it's for an author or work that may need a bit of an introduction.

A well-written intro can offer context and enlightenment, and make reading the book all the more of a pleasure, in much the same way TVO's Elwy Yost (is he still around?) or TCM's Robert Osbourne can make watching an old movie on the tube more than just watching an old movie on the tube.

Mind you, that's also a bit of a self-serving response, since more than a few of us rare birds, myself included, have been guilty of perpetrating intros and other such crimes against humanity.

Bill Crider's contribution (technically, an "afterward") to the Stark House Whittington reprints, for example, is almost worth the price of admission alone.

So, support intros and their ilk. If nothing else, they keep rare birds off the streets.


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