Bill was firm, and the focus was explicit.
Movies are best discussed in relation to the written word: adaptations
or screenplays by hardboiled/noir writers are all right, but film noir
in general is better discussed in other mailing lists or newsgroups.
RARA-AVIS is based on the written word. Everything on the list should
be about hardboiled or noir writing, or directly related to it. That
won't make a shortage of topics of conversation.
( http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/intro.txt )
But, as Ron says, the point is moot because it is not longer enforced.
I find it sad that I have to guess which posts to read. There was a time when I read every post. Now I doubt I hit 10%.
On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 7:07 PM, Ron Clinton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I've been here, if not from the start, then close to it, and I recall that
> under Bill Denton's moderation there was an implicit, though perhaps not
> required, focus on literary works. Threads that dwelt too long in
> discussions of films/et al were steered back on a bookish course via Bill's
> firm suggestion. Perhaps I'm recalling it more vividly that it actually
> was, but that's my recollection.
> 'Course, it's all moot now since -- again, for better or worse (and we all
> have our opinion on that issue) -- those are no longer the guidelines by
> which the list abides.
> However, for those of us who prefer the book-related threads, it's easy --
> as with any list -- to just pick and choose the threads we wish to read.
> Ron C.
>> I've been here since it started and I don't recall film or television ever
>> proscribed topics. I think the original aim was to primarily to discuss
> literature but,
>> as visual texts are also written, I think the interpretation has always
> been toward
>> the broader sense of "text".
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