Re: RARA-AVIS: Daniel Woodrell on "Noir"

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 31 Jan 2009

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    --- In, Brian Thornton
    <bthorntonwriter@...> wrote:
    > I don't disagree with you on your main point about how "everything's
    > alternative" (how's that for an oxymoron?) and "everything's noir."
    > said many times before that if I never again see a book cover blurb that
    > reads "A taut, noirish thriller" again, it'll be too soon.

    My problem is more with "thriller" than with "noirish", actually. What the hell is a thriller? In its vacuity, it's close to "yarn" and "tale".

    > It occurred to me after I posted my previous comment in response to the
    > Woodrell quote that he's an alumnus of Iowa's MFA program, and that
    > volumes to me.

    It would be remarkable if a noted author like Woodrell did not have strong opinions on the genre he plows. And you shouldn't hold Iowa against him...



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