RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir Originals

From: Gonzalo Baeza (gbaeza@gmail.com)
Date: 06 Jul 2008

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    Thanks for the excellent interview with Tom Franklin. It's refreshing to see a mainstream author embrace his genre influences so openly. I liked his Poachers collection. I wasn't that thrilled about Smonk
    (I reviewed it here: http://saddlebums.blogspot.com/2007/09/saddlebums-review-smonk-by-tom- franklin.html).

    I guess you can call his writings - including his Westersns - noirish. I think the escellent Hard Times mag dedicated an issue to noir Westerns. Speaking of which, has anyone read Tom Piccirilli's two Westerns? I have one of them and intend to read it soon.


    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
    > Recent additions that might be of interest:
    > Cameron Hughes's interview with Steve Alten focusing on his new
    > thriller, The Shell Game, "a cautionary tale about the end of oil
    and the
    > next 9/11, an event, already being planned", that's provoked some
    > reactions. "I was harassed by a disinformation group that feared
    the book's
    > success. So they sent a few warning shots over my bow. Like
    > photos of my home on blogs, my address, my private unlisted phone
    number, my
    > wife's name, my personal e-mails..."
    > http://www.allanguthrie.co.uk/Jun08/Steve%20Alten.htm
    > Rob McClure Smith's interview with Tom Franklin, fine writer of
    > 'southerns'/industrial gothic (or even rural noir). Talking of his
    > childhood:
    > "We did everything but snakes. Church in our house, speaking in
    > raising of hands, the Holy Spirit, healings, book burnings,
    exorcisms. After
    > being asked to leave the Baptist church, my parents and some of my
    aunts and
    > uncles built a church in the country and were ultimately kicked out
    of it.
    > Long weird story."
    > http://www.allanguthrie.co.uk/Jun08/Tom%20Franklin.htm
    > And an excellent piece by Jay Jeff Jones: 'Lost City, The Las Vegas
    of John
    > O'Brien and Hunter S Thompson'.
    > "O'Brien described Leaving Las Vegas as a suicide note, as much as
    > this in a call to his New York agent Ray Powers only days before he
    > himself."
    > http://www.allanguthrie.co.uk/Jun08/Lost%20City.htm
    > Al

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