Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP John Gardner

Date: 23 Aug 2007

> I've been reading stories lately that are set among African refugees.
> Not sure that it applies to what I've read but it set me wondering
> about dark and sinister and even non-transcendent stories set in
> locals without benefit of the rule of law. Without the formality of a
> law to break, without the technicality of a crime, could such stories
> be considered noir? The question occurred to me again when the topic
> of the spy genre came up, with its extra-legal activities. I
> appreciate your response, though it doesn't quite satisfy my
> question. Meantime, I try not to take anything too seriously.

laws are formalities. if injustice exists, noir can as well

John Lau

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