Re: “Letters at 3AM: Stirling at Road's End
” [April 22, 2011]: Glad to see you are still remembering and writing about Stirling Silliphant and Route 66
. Your newest piece last April (which I just discovered on the Internet), was pretty hard on him, but it was honest. Quite a good piece of writing. Amazing the influence he had on a generation of people, which no one ever writes about. Your notion about his characters having ideas and that the ideas shaped them I find intriguing. A good analysis. I don't know why but I find it hard to analyze or be critical of his work. It seems too close, too emotionally stirring for rational analysis, but I'm glad others can. His work influenced me enough to write a novel which is dedicated to both him and David Morrell, another writer who became what he is today because of Route 66
. My novel is science fiction, a space Western, to be precise, but a careful reading will review many hidden and some not-so-hidden references, riffs, and outright rip-offs of some of Stirling's ideas, characters, and themes. Meantime, good luck with your road-trip book and whatever other ventures you undertake on the endless road.