RARA-AVIS: Poly what?

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 16 Sep 2007

Mario wrote:

If I give you a bicycle and tell you it's an airplane, you may be momentarily puzzled but you still ride it, you still use it as a bicycle. The same if someone says that a film or a novel is "noir". Not a big deal.

**************** I agree. The value in definition is that there is some understanding between folks discussing the subject. If I casually mentioned at work that I drove my airplane to the Bloomington downtown square and parked on the sidewalk, there might be cause for wonderment. If you want to say something about a genre which carries some ambiguity of definition, it's a good idea to preface your comments with at least a vague line drawn around the subject. In view of all the rich and wonderful subject matter invoked by film and literature, obsessing with genre definition strikes me as banal.


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