RARA-AVIS: Re: Neo-nah...

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Jul 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Kerry J. Schooley"
<gsp.schoo@...> wrote:
<<However, the fact that the label is applied to the works of so many creators who don't really understand noir is, for better or worse, a sign of the current popularity of this genre, and I think to some extent the success of this list which is always arguing for the genre's purity. And that's part of our current reality too.>>

All I ask for is good writing, not purity. And yes, real reality does change, as does fictional reality. For example, rebelliousness today is not the same as it was 50 or even 20 years ago. I mention this because many noir and hardboiled writers are nonconformists, just not in the same way that, say, Chandler or John D. or Willeford were.

In any case, literary production cannot be regulated, nor should it. And criticism needs to take into account that the times are always changing. I don't know what good it does to compare a young noir writer of today to James Cain or Gil Brewer.



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