"it is easy to say when something is _not_ noir, just like you can tell
immediately if something is _not_ jazz..."
I like this comparison, as jazz is not defined by the song being played,
but by the way it is played, which explains why it was often, at least
early on, used as a verb to describe a musicians treatment of a song
that ws being jazzed (actually, initially, it was jassed). So hen a
story is "noired," it is as much presentation/treatment of the story as
the story itself.
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