While I might agree that there are occasions where Goodis could have
researched better (it's not a big bugbear of mine, though -- I don't expect
or want realism from Goodis), I disagree with the implication that you need
to have experienced what you write about to be convincing. Authenticity, for
fiction, is in the details, and not in who experienced them.
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From: "Jeff Vorzimmer" <email@example.com>
> I know he had has his fifteen minutes of fame and fortune with the
> serialization of Dark Passage in the Saturday Evening Post, the subsequent
> film version and the brief Hollywood screenwriting career that followed,
> I don't think he crammed enough living in those good years to give his
> novels the necessary verisimilitude before retreating to the oblivion of
> poolhalls of Northeast Philly. Hemingway, by contrast, actually ran with
> bulls he wrote about and was in the First World War as well as the Spanish
> Civil War.
> When you read any of the dozens of flying ace stories he cranked out in
> early forties, you realize just how apt the Walter Mitty analogy is. I'm
> sure the guy could count on one hand or two hands the times he was even in
> an airplane. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong here.
> Some interesting notes about his novels: They are all crime novels. All
> four of them are set in Philadelphia. About half of them have the main
> character contemplating suicide at one point.
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