RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Slapstick-Silly Noir

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 19 Jun 2009

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    Kevin, You started this thread by sneering at people who blurb and/or review without having actually finished books, but you've given no indication at all that you have read more than one book in the movement you seem intent on creating only to dismiss. I've asked you several times what other books you believe are in this new movement, but you've deflected the question by throwing it back to the list to come up with other titles (which I, for one, have done). The only other book you've mentioned is Al's Hard Man, and you've been untypically unopinionated about it, discussing its press kit and not the book itself. Your entire discussion has revolved around a single book that you disliked, a book everyone who has read it, whether or not they liked it, seems to think is almost a novelty, certainly not the torchbearer for a new movement. Although you keep declaring it's typical, you've never named who else it is typical of. This seems to me to be tantamount to dismissing the Britis
     h Invasion based solely on Freddie and the Dreamers' "Do the Freddy" or CBGBs punk based on "Your Love is Like Nuclear Waste" by Tuff Darts alone. Now I do believe there is something of a rising trend here, based on actually having read a number of books by Al, Duane, Higson, Charlies Huston and Williams, Bruen, etc. (though not Flexer). Have you read any of these or any other books you believe fall in the movement for which you are writing an anti-manifesto? If so, do you have the same problems with them or are your problems with Flexer alone? Mark

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