"It seems to me that to organize on the basis of feeding people or righting social injustice and all that is very valuable. But to rally people around the idea of modernism, modernity, or something is simply silly. I mean, I don't know what kind of a cause that is, to be up to date. I think it ultimately leads to fashion and snobbery and I'm against it."
Jack Levine: January 3, 1915 – November 8, 2010
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Saturday Night Radio Drama - Raymond Chandler - The Little Sister
Someone asked when I was going to post more Philip Marlowe. I've got to be in the right mood for Raymond Chandler, he was OK but he isn't my favorite reading, But I haven't had much time to listen to radio plays this week so here.
I have to point out that Raymond Chandler was very likely deeply in the closet and it probably had more than a little to do with his weird biography and him drinking himself to death. I mention that only because I read a book that was listed as "the first gay hard-boiled detective novel" the week before last. I won't name it because I didn't think it was that good. I strongly suspect that, if you read between the lines, it's clear Philip Marlowe was trying to pass, maybe to himself and to his author.
I like this series of productions by the BBC, some of the fun is hearing the difference in how successful the Brit actors are in doing American accents.
Now, don't start talking out of the side of your mouth.
Update: Indeed, you'd expect an author in deep denial to create a character in deep denial.
I love being told all about being gay by straight men. I've learned so much that way.