Re: RARA-AVIS: can noir writers advocate social reform?

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 27 Nov 2006

We've been over this before, too. Of course a writer can fail to expose their political views. A writer can expose the political views of their Uncle Bob if they want and if they're good enough, the reader will never know.

I don't drive a car. Does that make me an anarchist?


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Patrick King
  Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 10:07 PM
  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: can noir writers advocate social reform?

  I think we have a different view of what is political
  and what is not. I see the decision of what kind of
  car a person drives as a very political one. One's car
  is a much more important comment about status than are
  their shoes or trousers. Very few things a person does
  fails to telegraph their political pov. I don't see
  much of a break between a person's political attitude
  and the rest of their lives. Certainly a writer,
  intentionally or not cannot fail to expose their
  political views in all their work. Whether we're
  talking about Thompson or Wodehouse both are making
  valid and pointed political statements. With those
  two, I suspect they were in agreement most of the time
  as different as their work appears on the surface.

  Patrick King
  --- Michael Robison <> wrote:

> Patrick King wrote:
> I'm sorry it seems a stretch to you. It seems like
> ordinary plot line analysis to me. If a character is
> not a symbol for human condition that many can
> relate
> to, why include him?
> ***********
> You're simply begging the question by choosing to
> define everything as political.
> miker
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