Re: RARA-AVIS: Willeford as god of noir

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 06 Oct 2007

Read The Black Mass of Brother Springer (aka Honey Gal). It's a close second to The Burnt Orange Heresy.

On 10/6/07, Michael Robison <> wrote:
> Don Lee wrote:
> I would like to request please that someone start by
> talking about Charles Willeford. I am just now getting
> into him--I've read WILD WIVES, COCKFIGHTER, PICK-UP,
> and I have a copy of SIDESWIPE that I haven't started
> yet. He seems much better than average to me.
> *************
> Willeford kicks ass. A long time ago Mario mentioned
> that neo-noir is separated from noir by an irony of
> style. I thought what the hell is that, but when I
> read Wild Wives, I understood. It puts a humorous
> ironic twist on a standard noir theme.
> If you are into it, Willeford has also got a great
> book of essays out. I think it's called Writing and
> Other Blood Sports.
> I think his best is The Burnt Orange Heresy. The
> worst I've read is The Difference. The Difference
> plays off an irony of style of the old Westerns, but
> it lacked the edge of his other works.
> miker
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