Monday, November 07, 2005

Gambits Of Men Named Ray

I think it was Raymond Chandler who once described the art of plotting as "when you run out of ideas, have a man come through the door with a gun." It works, too.

Actually, come to think, was it Chandler? It might have been Raymond Carver. If so, that would indicate that Carver never once ran out of ideas, which is impressive. Let us now salute Raymond Carver.

Whichever it was, though, all these years later Onstad may have come up with a variant that applies to an even greater number of situations: when in doubt have Raymond Smuckles do this.