RARA-AVIS: Re: Knee-jerk Name-Dropping

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Jun 2008

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

> Knee-jerk name-dropping is usually a sign of lazy criticism -- you
> can spot it a mile away. My guess is that most of these "critics"
> have never even read the books or authors they cite.

In some cases they have read them, but they do not have a nuanced view of what is an enormous field. So they use adjectives, titles and authors in a careless way: noir, hardboiled, rivals the best of Chandler, it's noir like Hammett, etc. etc. I don't think the general public even notices the inaccuracies. There's a huge oversimplification in the images of popular literature and its practitioners. Just look at how everything is a "thriller"!



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