Noir is the New Black
Anyway, gets me thinking as to why noir/hardboiled seems to be everywhere now. Hard Case Crime is one new provider of this kind of literature, but so is Akashic Books . There are others I’m sure. Then there is Murdaland (really? No link? What’s up with that?) and a host of fine online noir/hardboiled short story venues. Is this all part of a giant cycle that is hard to predict because its movements are slow? Poe was pretty noir. Fifty years later, Doyle was not. Chandler/Hammett (Chanmett? Hamler?) were noirish. What about whoever led the way in crime writing in the seventies and eighties? Don’t know who that would be really. Of course, it would help my theorizing if I knew what I was talking about. I don’t really.
Here’s a thought, in a world without much to believe in, one constant rings true – Pain. Yes, with a capital P. And so we read Noir seeking the real experience, the spiritual truth. The only tue thing available in a cynical world. Ow. Well, anyway, if that’s the experience you’re looking for, Little Girl Lost has it in spades.