I think you'd have to put Pop.1280 into the absurdist category too. It's a comedy classic. But if nihilism extends to absurdity, is it truly nihilistic?
Trying to share the baldness,
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Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Nihilism and Willeford
Juri, I agree. "Absurdist" is a good way to describe many of Willeford noir novels, especially The Woman Chaser. This is the problem when we try to split hairs and label noir as one type or another.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Juri Nummelin" <juri.nummelin@...> wrote:
> Dave Z:
> "I've read most of Willeford, and I'm having a hard time coming up with any
> "fall from grace" type noir from him, and would put him clearly in the
> nihilistic category."
> I agree. What grace was there for the guy in THE WOMAN CHASER?
> One might call Willeford absurdist, though, not "only" nihilistic.
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