RARA-AVIS: Types of noir (was Re: Pop. 1280)

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 27 Jul 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> While it may be a new term, your (correct in my mind) application of it
> to Thompson shows that the lit it applies to is not new. His books are
> full of psycho/sociopaths who are deluding, or trying to delude, others
> and sometimes themselves.
> And it's an ongoing tradition, Dave was too modest to suggest his own
> Fast Lane as a great contemporary example.

A long time ago, some reviewer (I think it was in the Village Voice) termed Charles Willeford "the king of psycho pulp", which is close enough to "psycho noir". The term is well applied to Willeford's Burnt Orange and Custard, and of course to several of Thompson's best novels and to Dave's Fast Lane. It wouldn't apply to Goodis, though. Kent Harrington's _Dark Ride_ is another fine example of psycho noir, as are some of Jason Starr's books (in this case, the psycho element is less overt because Starr's style is more distant and objective than Thompson's or Harrington's).

Best, and congrats to Dave on his new novel.


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