[ilds] Taking the Mickey

Jim Nichols jnichols at nctv.com
Thu Oct 25 13:07:34 PDT 2007

Three cheers for Richard.   It is the case that worthy literature need not 
be in need of Derrida or Lacan etc critics.  Or any other for that matter. 
If we at the university are to ever understand human nature in all its 
incredible diversity, then we must accept the fact that outright 
stomachpumping laughter is GOOD.  And it is an accurate description of what 
we humanbeings are all about.    Just look in the mirror.

    Three more cheers for potboilers.

                                    Jim Nichols
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Pine" <richardpin at eircom.net>
To: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>; <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: [ilds] Taking the Mickey

>I couldnt disagree more. Yes they are potboilers - LD claimed he was paid a
> great deal of money and that they took a vey short time to write, but yes
> also, they are very funny but you have to be quite British to appreciate 
> the
> self-deprecating sarcasm. Do we have to deadly serious all the time?
> RP
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
> To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 6:40 PM
> Subject: Re: [ilds] Taking the Mickey
>> David:
>> A fair assessment.  But there are potboilers (which can be very
>> interesting) and then there are potboilers (which are absolutely
>> horrible).  The Antrobus series falls into the latter category, in my
>> opinion.  Nothing quite as bad as a joke which doesn't work and falls 
>> flat
>> on its face -- that's Antrobus, by and large.  If Durrell made a mint off
>> them, fine, I'm glad he did, and don't hold any of that against him.  A
>> more interesting question is why he didn't succeed at those stories.  The
>> subject matter is great, and Durrell's sense of humor is superb.  So why
>> don't they come off?  Answering that question might say something about
>> his habits and abilities.
>> Bruce
>> -----Original Message-----
>>>From: Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au>
>>>Sent: Oct 24, 2007 3:56 AM
>>>To: marcpiel at interdesign.fr
>>>Cc: Durrel <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>>>Subject: Re: [ilds] Taking the Mickey
>>>There appears to be consensus that, even if the Antrobus stories are not
>>>funny to all, they are certainly not LD's best work. There is a writer in
>>>the movie Reuben Reuben who, when told of an earnest writer who had 'sold
>>>out', said "personally I can't wait to sell out".
>>>When Espirit de Corps came out it sold 6,000 copies in a month.
>>>Apparently some of his FO (the fuck off office as I have oft heard it
>>>described) friends felt it well below his level of ability. Miller hated
>>>them and another American, R. W. Flint wrote "passably funny but also
>>>embarrassing, an obvious potboiler by a first rate novelist is
>>>Why do people think they own writers?
>>>"Oh I used to like him, but he has gone off you know"
>>>Durrell was a first rate novelist, but he also wrote potboilers. c'est la
>>>vie - I can deal with it
>>>Quelle Maleur!
>>>Now where is that blasted old paperback???????????????
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