RARA-AVIS: An Andy Rooney Moment

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 23 May 2008

You know what bugs me?

Nathan wrote:

> Very cool action crime movie, but not a noir.

And that's something to remember. There are plenty of great crime films (and books) that aren't noir.

We should also remember that "noir" and, for that matter, "hard- boiled," are adjectives of style and theme and tone; not of quality.

Occasionally someone dismisses a book or film as "not hard-boiled" or
"not noir" simply because they don't like it -- a clumsy attempt, perhaps, to limit further discussion.

You want a real riot here? Let's dedicate a month to discussing bad noir and hard-boiled literature.

Kevin Burton Smith www.thrillingdetective.com

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