RARA-AVIS: Re: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Secret Noir Ambitions

From: JIM DOHERTY (jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Oct 2008

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    Re your comment below:

    "It sounds like he's channelling Ellroy... I wonder if people who have to constantly read, write and talk the awful non-language that is legal and formalistic language (also archaic) don't end up so sick of it that they yearn for the hardboiled style. The hardboiled style is, after all, the style of the street. People in the street don't bother with moreovers and notwithstandings. They don't deal in words for the sake of words."

    Good God, T!

    Don't tell me you're actually suggesting that style is somehow a necessary component of hard-boiled?

    Everyone knows that ANY crime novel that "tough," quite apart from style, is hard-boiled. I thought a colloquial style, the use of the "style of the street" as you call it, doesn't come into it at all.


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