Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Crossing Britain's borders

From the Guardian via the Rap Sheet comes news of Bloody Brits Press, a new imprint that will seek to put hard-to-find British crime fiction in American readers' hands.

This is good news. I am reminded of Donald Westlake's comment bemoaning the lack of foreign films in the United States. Years ago, he said, he could watch Big Deal on Madonna Street for "a dozen post-graduate lessons in comedy." Now, he lamented, "New writers' brains are not being mulched in this way. What will be produced by people who think a good time is Spiderman?"

In movies, as in crime novels, crossing borders is good.

© Peter Rozovsky 2006

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