Over the top not a new trend? Yes, as you've shown Al, though I think what might be in a bit of an upswing are "literary" types noticing that there's something serious going on in the genre and thinking it worthy of their efforts, only to find there's more to it than anticipated and as a consequence, calling the results parody. Not that the genre can't stand up to it, but that it's been done and so often better, by folks with long experience in the genre.
And I agree also that I must stop laughing. My ribs hurt.
Best (both implied and, I hope, inferred),
PS: Anybody know where I can pick up a used flame-thrower, cheap? Mommy's calling me in early, again.
----- Original Message -----
From: Allan Guthrie
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:44 PM
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Slapstick-Silly Noir
From: "gsp.schoo@MOT.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
<< Humour has long been used in noir and I tend to see it as providing some
insight into the human character and how culture works, though Al has
assured me again and again that he writes only to entertain and I find that
funnier and funnier the more he says it.>>
Entertainment. Story. Anything else is the bonus that the reader brings to
the table. It's not within my control. Stop laughing. Stop it.
<<I have to say, referring back to an earlier Davemail that I can't imagine
how anyone would think that Thompson wasn't knowingly writing humour, and
more specifically satire, when he wrote Pop 1280.>>
Have to agree. I read it as a noir farce. Certainly, the rather excellent
movie adaptation (Coup de Torchon) was made as a farce.
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