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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

New books on the pleasures (and hazards) of an author’s life

Walt Whitman had just revolutionized poetry before finding his way to a Manhattan tavern called Pfaff’s. With its elliptical free verse, the recently published Leaves of Grass was unlike any previous collection of poems, but as Justin Martin reminds us, few copies of the early editions sold
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Stephanie Szostak plays with the slightly shy charm of a Millennial Audrey Hepburn in a fetching performance as Ro, a young woman navigating life’s turns and pursuing her dreams. Karl Geary plays Kevin, a bored ad executive who tosses caution (and career) to the wind when they fall in love
I Hate Hollywood
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

New Essays on Film Noir

One of the pleasures of Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir (published by University of Minnesota Press) is Philippa Gates’ essay, “The Female Detective in Film Noir.” The Canadian film studies professor sets out to revise assumptions about women in noir that have hardened into dogma, especially the one about the two kinds of gals inhabiting those movies: the femme fata...