Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Torture Porn

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 05 Jul 2007

You mean because Huston inflicts the pain vicariously on the reader? I get you. I'd still argue that Huston isn't being sadistic. He's creating a sensory experience. He's saying that violence hurts and describing very effectively how it feels. I admire him enormously for that. It's much easier to write from the point of view of the aggressors and pretend violence doesn't hurt at all -- which I'd argue is more akin to sadism.

I do appreciate, though, that whether it's sadistic or not, you don't like it.


----- Original Message ----- From: <> To: <> Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2007 2:57 AM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Torture Porn

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>> Isn't it masochistic? It's the narrator who's experiencing the pain. If
>> it
>> was sadistic, he'd be inflicting it.
> Sadistic on the part of Huston, the author

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