RARA-AVIS: + Defining Noir

From: Joy (jmatkowski1@comcast.net)
Date: 14 Jul 2010

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    I'm reading Daniel Judson's The Darkest Place right now, and even the title is noir. Judson's books are always melancholy, but this one has multiple protagonists, each of whom starts off staggering and haunted. Wonderful stuff. Joy

    On 7/14/2010 11:21 AM, David Corbett wrote:
    > NoirCon does not embrace any one particular definition, it only strikes out to celebrate the notion that modern man as the anti-hero, the protagonist who is a loser. [sic]
    > Good doesn’t always win over evil. Each guy is on his own. What happens is sometimes sheer luck or circumstance. It depends on how a guy reacts to situations – or what he can get away with. The losers simply are the losers and stay the losers. There is no comfortable redemption nor faith to sustain reason in an unreasonable world. Man is alone. His violence is a syndrome of this condition.
    > But I still like Jim Nesbit's best: In noir, the protagonist on page one is totally f**ked, and it just goes downhill from there.


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