Re: RARA-AVIS: Cain and Hammett

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 06 Oct 2007

--- In, Robert Elkin <rictusaporia@...> wrote:
> So, behavior & emotion are 1:1? That's nice & easy, although not
necessarily logical. Why close off debate? What's wrong with ambiguity? Is there really such a problem with simultaneous different views when all are supported by the text?

I agree. The point of a literary debate is to gain vision rather than reach certainty. The process is similar to looking at a great painting. You are never done with it. Besides, people are not very likely to obey any literary or artistic certainties proclaimed by others. Which is a way of saying: each reader counts and each reading counts as a new game. A teenager reading Chandler today for the first time will see it as part of his own game. That's the way it's always been with literature and the other arts.



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