--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark D. Nevins" <nevins_mark@...>
> I wonder if Pynchon has been influenced by Chabon to some extent? THE
> YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION certain re-framed what a "literary" writer
can "do" with
> the hard-boiled or procedural genre. (Though at the same time it was
clear that Chabon was not "ironically appropriating" pulp literature with this book--he seems to really love and appreciate popular culture.)
> I quite enjoyed YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION, and even found it moving;
I don't recall much discussion of it on this List.
For me, it was a disappointment. If I may make an asinine comparison:
why would I listen to "easy listening" when I can listen to real jazz?
I like Chabon well enough, he's a good writer with an interesting
world, but the idea that he is breaking new ground in crime fiction
strikes me as dubious. I don't expect Pynchon to break new ground in
crime fiction, either. That's being done by younger guys and gals who
work in... crime fiction, several of whom are here.
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