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Devil in a Blue Dress:The Doodle Version

  Herrrrre we go again. This lovely little doodle here came from something Jim Groom mentioned in class; something along the lines of “the world of Easy Rawlins that we are viewing”. I really like this idea in general when … Continue reading Continue reading

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Devil in a Blue Dress; Silver Screen Edition.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress my favorite book we’ve read this semester. So I had a very clear image in my head as I read this book. I’m not quite sure the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Final Essay:The Dots and the Lines Between

For my part in the Wikipedia project, I researched the “legacy” portion of The Glass Key. Legacy is a really large part of the Hardboiled genre. Throughout the semester, Jim Groom talked about a lot of different things, but one … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Note on the Murder, Part Two.

  Let’s begin part two. It’s very similar to part one, you’ll catch on quick. This little line up here is a simple question that Jim Groom posed in class, but that has a lot of relevance to this novel, … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Note on the Murder.

  I used this method of blogging once before, and I was really pleased at how simple it made describing some of the key points we had talked about in class. So I’m doing it again. This is a representation … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Real Story of the Black Dahlia

While doing some initial research of the Black Dahlia, by James Elroy, I stumbled upon the real life murder mystery of Elizabeth Short, whom the media nicknamed “The Black Dahlia”. I thought it would be interesting to do some research … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Book is Always Better. Except When it’s Not.

I liked this book. I really did. I loved the setting, and I loved the language. But I really loved the movie. One of the biggest differences for me was the strong 70′s feel. As I was reading the book, … Continue reading Continue reading

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What led to the Hippies?

Last class, we briefly touched on the year in which Cotton Comes to Harlem was published, and how this could have influenced its themes. When I think the 60″s, I think good music, peace and love and hippies. However, there … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cotton Comes to Harlem: The Etymology of Mother-Raper.

That’s really what I wanted to do this post on. But there was very little information on the subject, and search engines were unhelpful. In my senior year history class, I remember my very knowledgable history professor tell us that … Continue reading Continue reading

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Mildred Pierce: Noir or No?

Last class, we discussed the film version of Cain’s Mildred Pierce. The film is considered one of the top examples of Film Noir, in the same way that the novel is considered one of the top examples of Hardboiled Fiction. … Continue reading Continue reading

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