Re: RARA-AVIS: 77 Sunset Strip

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 12 Feb 2008

--- In, Patrick King <abrasax93@...> wrote:
> I never met anyone who actually talked like Kookie.
> The media at the time had a serious love-hate
> relationship with beat counter culture. In my
> recollection, none went far enough to actually explore
> it.

How about crime writers? I don't know every Gold Medal that was published, but hipsters do seem conspicuously absent from what I've read, which is a fair amount. Not only hipsters but the jazz scene in general, as well as the early rock'n'roll scene. In other words, most crime novels of the 50s and 60s seem to take place in a world that leaves out no less than what was really happening... I had never given much thought to this but in retrospect it seems clear.

One might conclude that we've come a long way as regards a more realistic portrayal of society in crime fiction. What do you guys think? Just like you can no longer get away with a TV script that is
_totally_ invented cardboard.

The thought that things have improved may cause a lot of anxiety... I think we need to devote some months to writers who are alive and even young!



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