Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: James M. Cain

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 01 Oct 2007

Dave- up here on the frozen tundra we have something called an annual, 24 hour book-writing competition.

Of course most participants have usually thought long and hard about what they're going to write before they enter, and the winning entries are edited and probably re-written before they're published, but they get the disciplined, sometimes difficult, pounding-on-the-keyboard part done in one mad rush. It's one of many techniques for writing, and it's interesting Thompson did something like it. However, I don't think it means, though it certainly may suggest, a lack of contemplation.

Best, Kerry

At 11:33 AM 29/09/2007, you wrote:

>Richard, about the speed in which Jim Thompson turned out books, I
>remember reading somewhere how he'd check into a hotel for a weekend
>with a typewriter and whip out a book, so yeah, I don't think he's a
>good example for someone who was more contemplative with his writing. I
>also agree with you that you can't judge the quality of a book by how
>long it took to write it. Btw. My own opinion--the lesser Jim Thompson
>novels are still pretty damn good.
>--Dave Zeltserman

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