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The question now arises: If you'd read Thompson after reading Zeltserman, would you still leave with the same overall impressions? Would your impression of the book slip retroactively? Or would you still find Zeltserman to be neat and provocative?

Finn Harvor

(HTML)(font: Helvetica)(size: normal)MOE'S MURDEROUS MUSINGS(end)
(subheader) Blood, blood, and more blood ... but all in good fun(end)

Interesting post on the work of Jim Thompson, which reminds me in turn of the extended gothic/poetic/PlayStation-friendly project I've been working on for some time now. It's entitled YOUR WORKPLACE IS A KILLER.

In it, the protagonist (also, in a nod to post-post-modernism, named Moe (but with an umlaut)) learns that his boss is -- well, get this! -- a psycho. He's not just pink-slipping employees, he's red-slipping them, if you know what I mean!

I'll be building a Facebook site around the project and launching it soon on Podiobooks, too.... Happy reading and/or listening, murder-fans!

Posted by Moe Sterling
July 2, 2009


Good heavens, Moe, does the world really need another murder mystery -- especially one as tritely predictable as this? ("Red slipping" -- ye gods!)

If you want to see what *real* literature is about, go to my website, Arthur Carlyle's Canon ( We're doing a roundtable on John Banville this week ... and no, not his mysteries!

Arthur Carlyle Riddick
July 2, 2009, 9:12 AM

I think all this putting down of the mystery genre is just plain snobby. What's wrong with a good read, even if it involves painstakingly described torture and dismemberment? (But not in a bad way! And I really draw the line at smut!)

Annabelle Daphne Vert
July 2, 2009. 11:14 AM

No, no, you're both barking up the wrong tree. We don't need more pop culture. If Arthur could only disentangle himself from that ball of, oh, *tweed* that he seems to have got all wrapped up in, he might see that there's a little more to the text's potential than the either/or of Infinite Formula or (heaven help us) "the canon". How about a little -- oh, just a smidgeon -- of uncompromisingly contemporary literature?

(Incidentally, for anyone who's curious, I'll be posting the opening pages of my latest, MAN IN A BOX, over at as soon as I can figure out to cut-and-paste 1,200 pages into a single Blogger post.)

Brad "the Grad" Fassenbach
July 2, 2009. 11:20 AM

Oh, you're just showing off again, Brad! I read that last "work" of yours you put online -- that 2,200 page RECIPE OF THE BODY ... There wasn't a single recipe in it!

Annabelle Daphne Vert
July 2, 2009. 12:24 PM

And you're talking through your hat again, Annabelle. There *was* a recipe. On page 1,679.

Brad "The Grad" Fassenbach
July 2, 2009. 1:18 PM

I *did* get that far. And hot chocolate doesn't count.

Annabelle Daphne Vert
July 2, 2009. 1:22 PM

What does *any* of this have to do with Jim Thompson?

Thor Au
July 2, 2009, 1:31 PM

We're talking murder mystery generally.

Moe Sterling
July 2, 2009. 1:50 PM

And literature.

Arthur Conan Riddick
July 2, 2009. 2:11 PM

*Your* brand of literature, Arthur.

Brad "the Grad" Fassenbach
July 2, 2009. 2:45 PM

Literature's gone numb if these are its Hobson's choices.

Thor Au
July 2, 2009. 3:15 PM

But there's still nothing like a good read!

Annabelle Daphne Vert
July 2, 2009. 3:46 PM


I wonder whether the use of Vermont isn't also a Thompson allusion: Savage Night concludes in Vermont.

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