Re: RARA-AVIS: willie or not

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 07 Dec 2006

Frederick Zackel wrote:

I have been lurking during this discussion of transcendence, and I kept wanting to bring up religion. I don't know how you can mumble about Western Civ and any element of it without bringing up religion's 3000-year overwhelming stranglehold.
  So, methinks, a noir protagonist thinks with his willie, and that dooms him. Noir is about morality. The inevitability is, well, judgment day. I look at noir writers and I see religion oozing from them like January maple syrup.

************** I think the relationship between religion and noir has come up a few times. Noir plays to some of the major themes and motifs in the Bible. Femmes fatale, temptation, betrayal, doomed protagonists, and bad endings, the Bible has got em all.


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