A Letter from the Editor

Hello everybody,
You may have noticed that I’ve been much more talkative than usual lately – don’t ask me why and how as I have no idea; it’s just that I suddenly have lots of things to say, and I hope it to continue. 
You may also have noticed that the blog has taken an even more analytical turn. I’m thinking in particular of the Carr, Berkeley and Sarah Phelps pieces. Do you approve of this evolution or would you rather me going back to my earlier historical/polemical stuff? (Not that I intend to give up on it completely, don’t worry about that) 
ATTVR is nearly twelve-year old and it’s more popular than ever which admittedly is not much of an exploit given how low my initial ratings were to begin with. I have received praise and encouragement from people such as Curtis Evans, Martin Edwards, Marvin Lachman, Mike Nevins to name just a few and I have a faithful core readership so I guess I must be doing something right.
Still, I think I and this blog can still improve, so I’d like you to tell me in all honesty what you like or don’t like about this blog, why you read it, what I should keep on doing and what I’d better leave out. I’m especially interested in the opinions of the « lurkers », people who read but don’t comment. (The lack of feedback is a perennial source of frustration to me)

13 commentaires sur “A Letter from the Editor

  1. I like what you’ve been doing, Xavier, both the very recent and slightly older posts – it’s all good. I don’t always get the chance to comment, or have much to say that is useful, but I do read what you post and enjoy it. Keep it up in whatever form pleases you.

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  2. I enjoy reading your blog but usually have nothing of value to add. Sometimes you have to accept the view as a comment. 🙂
    You should go wherever your passions take you. I think that will produce the most worthwhile writing.
    « The lack of feedback is a perennial source of frustration to me. » Welcome to the author’s world. Getting readers to leave reviews on Amazon is like getting children to eat vegetables…and then pulling their teeth…and lots of other cliches.

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  3. I enjoy your posts, but I feel self-conscious about commenting when I don’t have anything to offer but enjoyment: hence the lurking. I hope you’ll continue to keep your readers enlightened and entertained.

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  4. I’m probably a partial lurker too, but that is because I have nothing intelligent to add to the conversation, but always enjoy reading your thoughts. Good posts are ones where the writer is passionate and enthusiastic about their subject. You shouldn’t feel compelled to write about a certain writer or book just to please blog readers, though if you write about Carr, Sayers or Christie, you’re usually onto a winner.

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  5. Mystery fiction deserves sharply defined categories, distinctions, and criteria as well as any other form of fiction. You are better at this and more original and your own man than most college professors that I have known, and I went to Harvard and then Yale graduate school. (Not that that remotely approaches in any way what it sounds like.) That is why I refer to your blog every day. However, I hope that you also continue the internet genre critic’s tradition of drawing attention to and periodically listing favorite and/or most admired books by favorite and/or most admired book authors. It’s easier and more subjective, sure, but it not only is the quickest way to increasing your reader’s pleasure in the genre. It also gives him the context of your arguments so that he can more fully appreciate them.

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  6. As a regular lurker I’d just to say how much I enjoy your posts. I’m particularly interested in the dismal trend towards ‘realism’ in the fiction that wins all the awards. Apart from from its being no more realistic than any other genre it is so pervasively miserable. I’ve always loathed ‘kitchen-sink dramas’ a term from my childhood years in Britain referring to this so-called true to life world of the working classes. As a working-class kid I really resented being described wrongly for the benefit of middle-class types so they could feel guilty about themselves. I want to be excited, diverted, intrigued, challenged and entertained not lectured to.

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  7. Count me in as another lurker that enjoys your posts. I admit, I enjoy the analytical posts, wouldn’t mind seeing reviews/looks at more obscure works. I enjoy reading your interpretations of the general trend of mystery fiction. Your posts are short and to the point and I don’t have any major objections; I like having a mystery blog that’s more about analyzing mystery fiction than just reviewing it.

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  8. I like the shift away from polemics (esp. your tirades against the pro-noir establishment in France) and towards analytics. I would also like to see an occasional return to posts where you bring attention to little-discussed authors or books, like Lucille Fletcher’s ‘Eighty Dollars to Stamford’ that you covered about a year ago. But, as James Byrnside put it, follow your passion!

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