RARA-AVIS: Re: Random Notes On Redemption

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Sep 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "davezeltserman" <Dave.Zeltserman@...> wrote:
    > Mario,
    > Merriam-Webster's definition of nihilism:
    > 1 a : a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless b : a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths
    > 2 a : a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility b capitalized : the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination
    > I think anyone who has read James M. Cain's "Double Indemnity" would have to say it takes a nihlistic viewpoint, and I'd argue the same about "Postman Always Rings Twice", and many other noir novels, including those by Jim Thompson, Jason Starr, Charles Willeford, etc..

    Jason's latest novel is definitely nihilistic. The writer takes on the suburbs (which is to say, a large chunk of present-day America) and takes them, everyone in them, and the environment where that type of life thrives... and blows everything up, literarily speaking. I consider this to be a very healthy book -- something of a departure for Jason, but one of his best works, definitely, as well as his most disturbing one.


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