--- In email@example.com, "Brian Thornton"
> I take your general point, but I just have to chime in here as
> likes HB/Noir and reads it, both the old and the new, that I don't
> an interest in the literature in general connotes some sort of
> that sub-set's canon "en toto."
> After all, I'm a huge fan of Hammett, Chandler, MacDonald, Connelly
> a while to get past CITY OF BONES, but I managed to), Bruen, Starr,
> Swiercynski, Prather, Dan J. Marlowe, Holmes, Cain, Woolrich, et.
> that doesn't mean that I'm going to like all of it, or think its
> valid" as literature, even if I don't get it.
Well, no doubt it's all valid, but the question for the reader is
whether it's good. How could a novel or story not be valid?
> I find Spillane unreadable (Doherty and I have fought this battle,
> to go over that ground again, Jim), Daly to be laughable, and
> mostly forgettable.
Spillane has inspired action scenes, though. He had technique. His
characters evoke no sympathy in me, though, and I find them shallow.
> On the other hand, good for the authors of "urban" niche fiction for
> a receptive audience, and being able to make some money doing it. That
> doesn't mean that their stuff is on a level commensurate with that
> HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, or for that
> anything by the prodigiously talented Toni Morrison.
If they're not better than Toni Morrison, I doubt they'll capture me
as a reader... I was thinking along the lines of some Elmore Leonard
of street lit. I would be very interested in that, an internal view
with some distance and humor.
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