RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir with no crime?

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 09 Jan 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, mburch5717@... wrote:
> I think that MacBeth is a better candidate for best Shakespearean noir:
> plenty of crimes, an atmosphere of inescapable doom and one of the nastiest femme
> fatales in the business.
> But seriously folks it seems to me we are making the term noir so elastic
> that it really doesn't have any meaning. Doestoevski, Kerouac, Steinbeck, Henry
> Miller (?!) are supposed to be noir or proto-noir authors? Why not throw in A.
> A. Milne, Arthur Miller and Nabokov for good measure?

Just let Wanda Tinasky or the ghost of Jim Thompson do a rewrite on Lolita and you have an ultranoirissimo product. In fact, hasn't the Lolita plot been noired already by one of the industrious paperback guys? It is ringing a bell, but dimly.



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