i'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who posts here (and ever has), or blogs or writes online (and of course stories, articles and books on actual paper), for keepin it alive. it, for me, being anything i like and find good, entertaining, interesting.
i might not know what's noir or hard-boiled and what isn't, but i know what i like and i've heard about books and movies for the first time here and elsewhere from people, so thank you all.
i just finished james ross' 'they dont dance much' and now i'm starting 'the last of philip banter' by bardin.
i caught 'the mask of dimitrios' on the tube recently. i had read the ambler book some time ago.
i like much that is older and much that is new, tho i try to be pretty sure i'm gonna like stuff before wasting money or time, as both are very scarce to me any more. so others' knowledge and opinions are very helpful with that.
i liked dave z's 'small crimes' a lot, as everyone here that's mentioned it has, i believe. i'm in the middle of allan g's 'savage night' (loved 'hard man').
i'm gonna watch altman's 'long goodbye' one of these days ;)
--- On Mon, 3/16/09, Jack Bludis <email@example.com> wrote:
> From: Jack Bludis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Disappearance of the Private-eye and detetive film
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Monday, March 16, 2009, 7:57 PM
> Doc Savage, now 80yo I presume, and
> Joy have lamented the disappearance of the private-eye and
> detective film.
> I suppose that many of us here lament that, but I think
> most of us realize that we who like the old style hard oiled
> are a declining breed. Those who like the new hard boiled
> are generally younger, and similar in many ways in their
> preferences to the splatter punk of science fiction as well
> as the graphic crime novel.
> That does not mean that old-hands and old preferences
> aren't there, it's just that there are not a lot of us to
> make it profitable.
> How many writers here on rara-avis have had to temper, or
> at least adjust, our writing in hopes of gathering enough
> audience to make our time writing be worth at least a
> minimum wage.
> I sense that with many, but I can only speak for myself.
> Not much of what I like is out there now. I suppose that is
> why the old stand-by Robert B. Parker is around, but you
> don't see much of him on the best-seller list anymore.
> The movies? which is what this thread started about. It's
> almost like pouring money down a rat hole to make a PI film.
> Would be nice if Joe Gores SPADE AND ARCHER was made into a
> movie and started a new trend. But it's highly unlikely.
> Jack Bludis
> "A novel can, and should, do many things, but a thriller
> need do only one. If it thrills, it succeeds, and if it does
> not, no matter how well it does everything else, it fails."
> --Richard Lourie, NYTIMES book review.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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