Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"The dancing bear"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 4:45 PM

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Day Labor, the official blog of Crimefactory Magazine, recently posted an unedited and unabridged interview with Jim Crumley from May 18, 1996. The conversation between Crumley and Noel King covers, among other things, why the writer settled down in Missoula, his love of Charlie B's, Montana unions, creative writing courses, writing a screenplay vs. writing a novel, an angry blind woman from California, musical references, Richard Hugo, congressional politics, and why he's so big in Japan and France (hint: he has no idea, and he doesn't care). At one point, when discussing academia, Crumley refers to himself as "the dancing bear," which happens to be the title of one of his books (and perhaps my favorite).

NK: You’ve been able to make these little sorties into it for a time and then get out of it.

JC: Yeah, but I’m the entertainment. I learned that a long time ago. As long as I was entertaining I could do whatever the fuck I wanted to.

NK: The eccentric in their midst.

JC: The dancing bear.

For those unfamiliar with Crimefactory, it's "the foremost publication of Noir and Hard-boiled crime fiction."

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