Nelson Algren: The answer, plus what the ancients can teach us
"Despite his literary brilliance and humanist resolve, Nelson Algren was the type of loser this country just can't stomach."
Two of the three have some connection to crime: James Ellroy's Crime Wave, and Sophocles' Oedipus plays. Everyone knows about Oedipus Rex's sublime plotting, but what grabbed me was Oedipus' declaration in the prologue that
"Children!That has to be as good a job as any writer has ever done getting right to the heart of the action without, however, resorting to desperate action for the sake of action. It's a perfect balance among action, atmosphere, and suspense. The ancients have much to teach us.
"I would not have you speak through messengers
"And therefore I have come myself to hear you."
© Peter Rozovsky 2014