Noir Nation

4 08 2009

I was watching The Wire with David Simon’s commentary, and he said that the crime drama is now as elemental to our understanding of our American identity as the western. I’ve never been to partial to westerns, but I have been enjoying more and more noir fiction, so I’m totally turned on by this theory of a new cultural paradigm. May I suggest, the next time we have a national impulse to elect John Wayne, let’s look for a Philip Marlowe instead.

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