Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP John Gardner

Date: 16 Aug 2007

> No, I got that. I was thinking of the genre, with
> Le Carré ©n mind, I think. A lot of killing and
> betrayal going on, but given that the characters
> act with their governments' permission, is it noir?

since a large camp believes that noir is about doom, or at the very least, an extremely stacked deck, governments' permission, in fact their very way of going about their business is a primary contributor to noir. after all, what does the phrase "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." refer to? it's simply the way of the world

John Lau

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