Jim Thompson’s ‘The Getaway’ shows pulp fiction can be great literature

March 19th, 2012 by Zirk van den Berg § 3 comments § permalink

For much of the 20th Century, being innovative in art was a precondition for recognition, if not sufficient reason in itself. It was certainly the case in visual art. Novels, too, could not escape being judged on their novelty value.

What has come to interest me more than novelty is the possibility of doing something valuable within the canons of well-established art forms.  Can one, for instance, write a book within the constraints of pulp fiction that is also great literature? » Read the rest of this entry «

Why do people who hate crime love reading crime fiction?

July 31st, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 1 comment § permalink

I don’t like crime. I’m not even keen on reading about real crime in the newspapers. Why then, do I like crime fiction so much?

I’m not alone in this situation… I hope! It would be terrible if there were more criminals in the world than readers of crime fiction.

I don’t think many people are pro-crime » Read the rest of this entry «

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