Re: RARA-AVIS: Parker's Procedurals, Westerns, and Their Film Adaptations

Date: 02 Mar 2010

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    At the risk of starting something (not my intent), I just have to say that while I agree with Patrick and others here on some of their points regarding Parker's body of work (I really loved his early stuff when I first discovered his writing, began to tire of it later on), I fail to see where insulting the tastes of the "middle" gets you anything other than the label of "snob."

    And where some here wear that sort of appelation as a badge of honor, to me it's as much a label as "C student" is an epithet. Both of them strike me as nothing more than a waste of time.

    I haven't read a Parker book in years, but I'm grateful for having had the experience. Without experiencing Parker's early stuff I might never have had my tastes whetted for stuff by such heroes of the hard-boiled canon as Hammett, Chandler, the MacDonalds, Guthrie, Bruen, the Connollys, Abbott, Chercover, Thompson, Izzo, Doolittle, Goodis, Burnett, and a host of others.

    I guess what I'm saying is that one person's pablum is another's doorway drug.



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    -----Original Message----- From: Patrick King <> Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:04:15 To: <> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Parker's Procedurals, Westerns, and Their Film Adaptations

    For all I know, there may be a huge silent majority who thinks Parker was great.


    Of course. In any classroom, the majority are always C students.

    Patrick King


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