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Final that I swore I thought I hit publish last night on

The Glass Key Wikipedia Research             I began doing my research for this article where probably everyone else did as well: a Google search. I had done this many times before so I thought that maybe if I sat and sifted through the usual crap the internet had to offer that I could find something useful. I was tasked with finding the critical receptions of The Glass Key and so I casually searched “glass key critical receptions” thinking that it would find me many useful links. At first I thought I had hit a gold mine, considering every link was to a different review or opinion on Dashiell Hammett’s novel. After taking down … Continue reading Continue reading

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Wikipedia Research Paper

Connor Payne American Detective Fiction FSEM Jim Groom December 6, 2012 The Glass Key Wikipedia Research             I began doing my research for this article where probably everyone else did as well: a Google search. I had done this many times before so I thought that maybe if I sat and sifted through the usual crap the internet had to offer that I could find something useful. I was tasked with finding the critical receptions of The Glass Key and so I casually searched “glass key critical receptions” thinking that it would find me many useful links. At first I thought I had hit a gold mine, considering every link … Continue reading Continue reading

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Mildred Pierce

As I read Mildred Pierce, rather, when I started reading it, I was extremely confused as to how this could at all be a hardboiled book. But after sitting through one of our classes and having Professor Groom point out … Continue reading Continue reading

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Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity is definitely among one of the better written films I have ever seen. The dialogue is so intense and I love how much it implies other things besides what is actually being said. I love this movie also because, like Professor Groom had said, we are connected to, and feel bad for Walter, who is actually the only one that does any killing in the movie. Phyllis is my favorite character though, because from the first moment she laid eyes on Walter she began planning something that took all movie to display. This movie is one of the most noir-oriented film/book we have done so far in the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Red Harvest/ Miller’s Crossing

    “Nothing is what it seems at Miller’s Crossing. Up is down, black is white, and nothing is what it seems.”  The most blaring connection to me is between the Continential Op and Tom. Tom becomes the architect of a convoluted web of killings and double-crosses that escalate into a bloody war for control of the city between Leo and Johnny Caspar. As Tom maneuvers between them, playing all sides against each other, we’re left guessing about how thoroughly he has planned his moves and where his loyalties (if any) really lie. Thanks to this page for my Gifs!! Continue reading

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Ask the Dust

My procrastination pisses me off more than I enjoy putting things off. Haha. But at the same time, at least my ideas will be fresh for tonight. Was it just me or was the first paragraph one of the better openings of a book ever? “One night I was sitting on the bed in my hotel room on Bunker Hill, down in the very middle of Los Angeles. It was an important night in my life, because I had to make a decision about the hotel. Either I paid up or I got out. That was what the note said, the note the landlady had put under my door. A great problem, … Continue reading Continue reading

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“Red Harvest” Reflections

Being that I finished the book around a week ago, these are more of the post-thoughts instead of my initial reactions. Beginning with never learning the Continental Op’s name. To me this was one of the more interesting details because he is uncovering such a corrupt underground world without ever have mentioning his name. We do however discover his build, as said: “My god! For a fat, middle-aged, hardboiled, pig-headed guy, you’ve got the vaguest way of doing things I ever heard of.” Its pretty funny they use the word hardboiled too, since I had believed that was more of a modern term. Moving on, since we already discussed the first half … Continue reading Continue reading

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“In Our Time” 6x6x6

Had the hardest time remembering all the steps of creating these shirts and getting the symbols off of the very very helpful noun project. All of the pictures and symbols in my post are available thanks to cafe press and the noun project, once again. The first shirt I did was for the opening story On the Quai at Smyrna. The quote I chose was from when the narrator was referring to a woman who was “laying on a sort of litter” to protect them from the invaders. As we established in class, the litter was a pile of dead babies, and I only believe the baby symbol to be most … Continue reading Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway: In Our Time

Obviously the time I am posting this shows some of my true character of a procrastinator. I began reading In Our Time relaxed and quite calm.  But after reading the beginning story about Nick and his father, the mood changed to quite the serious one. It goes from being a celebration of ending this woman’s two day sickness and the birth of her child, to a chaotic life-changing scene for Nick. The way it is brought about shows how even the most disturbing things happen suddenly and without events leading to it. I had a lot more written until I hit publish and it made me re-login and then had it erased … Continue reading Continue reading

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