RARA-AVIS: Re: Macdonald versus Spillane: Daddy Figures

From: killerjoe27 ( killerjoe27@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 Oct 2007

I once read an interview with singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, in which he made it clear that his interest in MacDonald's novels had its origins in some kind of imagined father-son relationship. Zevon idolized MacDonald and actually met him during an extremely troubled time in his (Zevon's) life.


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:

> When I was doing an essay on Macdonald several years ago, I heard
> from a lot of fans, and it turned out many of them had read him in
> their early twenties or late teens. There's something sorta
> about Archer, the detective as father figure, I think, that
> to the adolescent or young adult mindset. All those troubled kids
> those stories, and it was always Archer, come a-calling, who dug
> deep and understood.
> And of course, Macdonald's heyday was the sixties and seventies,
> era chockful of young adult angst and father issues. To question
> status quo is, in a way, to rebel against your father.
> You like to talk and question, to understand, read Macdonald.

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