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A Life in Film Criticism: Robin Wood at 75

Film/Video FeaturesA Life in Film Criticism: Robin Wood at 75 By Nov 9, 2006, 07:29 Photo by Armen Svadjian © 2006 The 1965 publication of Robin Wood's Hitchcock's Films is a landmark of film criticism. And though there are many good books on film, there are few true landmarks. To be sure, its author—a 34-year-old […]

FEAR AND TILE FONDLING IN BLOOMINGTON, MN: A Scrabble Asshole's Journal

Book FeaturesFEAR AND TILE FONDLING IN BLOOMINGTON, MN: A Scrabble Asshole's Journal By Oct 23, 2006, 02:00 Scrabble reached some kind of geek-ass hipster apex in the early part of this new millennium. Contributing to this plague: internet Scrabble software, ESPN televising Scrabble competitions, the publication of Word Freak, by Stephen Fatsis, and even a […]

BOOK PIMP

Book FeaturesBOOK PIMP By Aug 1, 2006, 18:18 A decade on and dozens of books in, AKASHIC PRESS are pumping out some fantastic novels and anthologies. Here's a fistful that hit my bedside table recently: BROOKLYN NOIR 2: THE CLASSICS edited by Tim McLoughlin; Akashic Books, 2005 Brooklyn, before its devastating revitalization, which, try as […]

DEREK RAYMOND and PATRICK HAMILTON: Drinking in London Through Their Eyes

Book FeaturesDEREK RAYMOND and PATRICK HAMILTON: Drinking in London Through Their Eyes By Jul 1, 1996, 18:57 In the second chapter of the second of his Factory novels, The Devil's Home On Leave, Derek Raymond takes us to a pub in Hammersmith: “At half past seven on the cold, sunny evening of Wednesday April 13th, […]

Reality's Honest Truth For Real: Gambler and Novelist Pete Hautman

Book FeaturesReality's Honest Truth For Real: Gambler and Novelist Pete Hautman By Jun 14, 2001, 00:47 original illustration by Darren Goldman © 2001 “I'm going to make you rich.” —Drawing Dead Strolling through life's mega mall of con jobs, we've all seen those fingers beckoning from the back rooms of risk. Invest in rare comic […]

Notes of a Survivor: An Interview with Barbara Seranella

Book FeaturesNotes of a Survivor: An Interview with Barbara Seranella By May 1, 2000, 16:02 Barbara Seranella burst upon the literary scene in 1997 with No Human Involved, an expertly-crafted and poignant crime novel which introduced readers to her singular protagonist, Miranda “Munch” Mancini. Rapidly slipping into the oblivion of heroin addiction, Munch supports her […]

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DANIEL WOODRELL: Life Outside The Tent

“The good world, regular happy life, I never had no hand in that, so it’s interesting for me to watch it. They seem so sure of their road and what they’ll pass by along the way and what they’ll find at the end.” —Sammy Barlach, from Tomato Red If Arkansawyer Donald Harington holds claim to […]

RAYMOND CHANDLER: An Appreciation

Book Features RAYMOND CHANDLER: An Appreciation By Jul 1, 1996, 13:40 illustration by Jim Blanchard On the occasion of the Library of America's two-volume publication of Raymond Chandler's novels, essays, short stories, and letters, the question will arise once again over the relative importance of genre fiction to literature. Since Chandler is the first 20th […]

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The Balzac of Human Trash: Novelist Cormac McCarthy

“The truth was darker as yet truth is wont to be.” —The Crossing, p. 413 Ragged transients on horseback. Cave dwelling necrophiles. Stalkers, bums, dregs, exiles and living rot. Humans gone feral, ancient throwbacks, latter day Neanderthals, Homo erecti. Hobbling dobbins, putrescent pooches, vultures, pigs and maggots. These are the life forms on Cormac McCarthy’s […]