This year, I’ve been looking at ways to connect the two stories I draw each time I do the Deal Me In Short Story Challenge. Sometimes its’ a lot of fun; sometimes it’s difficult work; and sometimes it’s been a stretch. Quite a stretch, if I’m honest.
This time I drew “Come On, Ye Sons of Art” by Grace Paley and “No Crime in the Mountains” by Raymond Chandler.
Truth is, neither stories is either author’s best work.
I’m not really sure what “Come On, Ye Sons of Art” is about. Couple of people talking about stuff. This has worked very well in other Paley stories, but this time it just fell flat as far as I’m concerned.
“No Crime in the Mountains” features the usual Chandler detective character, not Phillip Marlowe this time around but someone just like him. This time the detective drives up to a mountain resort town and ends up investigating the death of the man who hired him. It’s a good story, better Chandler that “Come On, Ye Sons of Art” is Paley, but not the man’s best work. Not by a long shot.
Still, I enjoyed Chandler more. So while I cannot connect the two, frankly I’m not sure either is worth the effort, I have learned that mediocre pulp fiction is more entertaining than mediocre literary fiction.
For what it’s worth.