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Always Shouts Out Something Obscene*

An interesting pair of events happened on this day, only five years apart. In 1955, copies of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl were seized as being obscene. Only five years later, D.H. 1,063 more words

Agatha Christie

In The Spotlight: James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential

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Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. James Ellroy is widely regarded as one of the masters of the modern noir novel. I’ve been remiss in not spotlighting his work, so let’s rectify that today. 1,009 more words

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March 4: Happy Birthday Paul W. S. Anderson and Len Wiseman

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On a day without a lot of really big names, our headliners are a pair of directors who have some things in common: 1) they are each responsible for a durable action-horror franchise, which 2) features a heroine who kicks loads of ass.  1,153 more words

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The superstructure

I take notes: ideas, historical perspective, characters, point of view. Very quickly, much of the narrative coheres. When I have sufficient information—the key action, the love stories, the intrigue, the conclusion—I write out a synopsis in shorthand as fast as I can, for comprehension’s sake.

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Crook v Crook v Crooked Cop

Hardboiled noir fans: Bob Truluck delivers a lot more than promised in The Big Nothing. That’s no backhanded compliment.

The promise includes a vicious series of showdowns, a coterie of sadists and pervs, and a few well-intentioned rubes caught up in a game bigger than the pile they’re after. 446 more words

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Perfidia ~ A Capsule Book Review

Perfidia ~ A Capsule Book Review by Allen Kopp

Writer James Ellroy is unapologetically politically un-correct. If you are offended by racial slurs and blunt sex talk, he is not the writer you should be reading. 918 more words

True Crime: An American Love Story with Real Life Noir

We live in an age of an unprecedented fascination with true crime. While I’m not obsessed, per se, I myself hold an interest in the macabre, listen to… 1,239 more words

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