RARA-AVIS: Re: the Noir Moment of the Day

From: foxbrick ( foxbrick@yahoo.com)
Date: 22 Feb 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Frederick Zackel" <fzackel@...> wrote:
> From today's The NY Times review of "POOR PEOPLE" by William T.
> As his devotees have come to expect, many of these tantalizingly
> settings involve prostitutes or drugs. Here's one: "The Mexicali
> prostitute Angelica, who came into my room at the end of a night's
> stinking of urine and sweat, assured me: I'm not poor because I can
> Here's another: "She had flaccid, smelly flesh and wide brown eyes;
she fell
> asleep in my lap and there were lice in her beautiful brown hair."
> (Whoa!)

This kind of thing, if it really sends you, will be drowned in 200- 700 pages of sludge about Vollmann himself as antihero, or other similar deadly dullness, if he's up to his usual standard.

Todd Mason, for whom WV is a b괥 noire, indeed

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