Re: RARA-AVIS: Gores's Spade and Archer

From: James Michael Rogers (
Date: 19 Jun 2010

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    Thanks. I considered mentioning Brown's Requiem but it seemed cruel.


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      From: lindenmuthbrian
      Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2010 06:28
      Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Gores's Spade and Archer

      Is anyone really surprised?

      Here is James Ellroy from the New Author Introduction to the 1995 Arrow edition of Brown's Requiem.

      "Brown's Requiem is heavily beholden to Raymond Chandler - an icon I've come to dislike quite a bit. Big Ray was a true original who created a truly original style that lazy-assed writers have been imitating with some success for many years. I owe Ray a two-fold debt: he got me going, and he showed me that imitating him was a dead-end street on GenreHack Boulevard."

      --- In, Patrick Kennedy <pbjk2004@...> wrote:
    > Was anyone else here rendered less than gruntled by Ellroy's review of "Spade and Archer" during which he gratuitously seizes, or creates, an opportunity to take a sideswipe at Chandler? Chandler, apparently, is a 'florid gasbag' who is 'easy to imitate'.


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