Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Guess I'm not a mystery lover

Vulture, which looks to be New York magazine's pop culture blog, interviewed author Dennis Lehane. Here's one question and answer:  
You're mostly thought of as a literary fiction writer who works in genre. Do you agree?
There's a new shattering of the old straitjackets of genre and now suddenly is it literary or is it genre? At the end of the day I don't really care which you call me. I'm super-comfortable with either. If you want to call me a crime writer I'm okay with it. The only thing I say I'm not — call me a crime fiction novelist, call me a noirist or an urban writer — but I'm not a mystery writer. Those are whodunnits and I've only written two of those and it's very clear while reading them that I don't give a shit who did it. 
I am definitely in Lehane's camp: I don't care either whodunit, which is why I posted the poll to the right. I don't know what that means, or if it matters. It seems to matter to Lehane, who may not want to be lumped in with Agatha Christie and P.D. James, although both, especially James, are admirable writers.

Coincidentally, Lehane's latest book, Moonlight Mile, was released today.

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