Sunday, January 6, 2008

Glamorizing violence

The other day I was having lunch with a couple of journalists. We were talking about research I was doing for a new book and one of the reporters asked me, "Aren't you ever afraid you're glamorizing violence?" The other reporter spoke before I could, and said, "For Jim that train's already left the station."

Yeah, it has. A long time ago. And I'm just along for the ride on the Noir Express.

I see the books I write as being part of a large tradition in American culture. Book, stories, movies about evil, the dark side. And about those who summon the courage to rise up against it.

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