RARA-AVIS: Re: Super Heroes, Comics, and Noir

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 25 Jul 2008

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Sean Shapiro <ssshapir@...> wrote:
    > Reminds me of something ... Ellington, I think it was ... said about
    jazz when asked to give a definition: 'If you have to ask, you'll never know.'

    It's true, a sign that something has entered the unconscious of the people. In other words, it has become a part of traditional culture. Just like, within your own culture, you rarely need somebody to point out whether something is a joke. For us noirists, the thing is internalized. I also wonder how many really distinct variations you can have within noir... I suspect not that many, if you look at books skeletically. Rube in a maze, evil one among the unknowing, jeopardy from page one with guaranteed failure, etc. It does sound Aristotelian... I'm a fool.



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