Re: RARA-AVIS: Pelecanos on dogfighting in the New Republic

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 02 Sep 2007

--- In, Michael Robison
<miker_zspider@...> wrote:
> Mark wrote:
> Just for the record, I posted the Pelecanos article
> because it touched on his writing process, not to
> start a debate on dogfighting (which is outside the
> scope of this list).
> Bringing it back to hardboiled/noir lit, are there
> other books than Pelecanos's about dogfighting?
> ****************
> Hmm... So we can talk about books with dogfighting in
> them but not dogfighting itself?

Dogfighting in crime fiction is fair game and some discussion of the practice itself would (given past practice) be acceptable. We've discussed cockfighting in the past on this list both in fiction and as it exists in the real world. When you looped in the morality of killing cows, the specter of a vegan discussion on this list seemed a possibility. If you have any interest in the topic I highly recommend Michael Pollan's THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA, one of the best books I've read this year. There's probably a Yahoo group devoted to the general topic. This ain't it.

> If I was to touch on Pelecanos's writing style in the
> piece, I'd say he takes an unconvincing leap in logic
> and lands right in his happy place.
> miker

I've read your last line several times and I recognize it is intended to incisive and/or funny but be damn if I can make sense of it. But I've been a beat behind everything today.

Richard Moore
> Fussy? Opinionated? Impossible to please? Perfect. Join Yahoo!'s
user panel and lay it on us.

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