Re: RARA-AVIS: Archer/Ross Macdonald

Date: 21 Aug 2007

> What I'm aiming at is that any writer needs the sympathy of the
> reader. Bad writers don't do a very good job of getting such sympathy,
> but the good ones usually do. Which is why Shakespeare can hook you,
> and why Ross Macdonald can hook you. If you choose to look at the
> carpentry of his writing, you could end up with a nice paper, but
> that's several steps removed from the experience of reading.

the problem arises when the carpentry diminishes the architecture

and Shakespeare never fails to put me to sleep. I simply don't live in that time

John Lau

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