Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Jim Carroll and non fiction writing

From: Stewart Wilson (
Date: 10 Oct 2009

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    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.

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    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 <> 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
    > being
    >> 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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    Stewart Wilson
    Toronto, ON

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