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Indemnity Only and Hardboiled Feminism

I couldn’t get this post up sooner because I went offline for a long Thanksgiving weekend, but I feel compelled to share out the class discussion of Sara Paretsky’s Indemnity Only before I started talking about James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia.
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Hardboiled Week 12: WIkipedia Project Updates and Indemnity Only (Part 1)

Indemnity Only Part 1 11-13-2012
Tonight was a very fun class, #emoboiled (my new moniker for the class thanks to Dr. Garcia) always makes me happy. We spent a most fo the first forty minutes talking smack (I was in rare … Continue reading Continue reading

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Black Capitalism Comes to Harlem

Cotton Comes to Harlem: Black Capitalism from Jim Groom on Vimeo.
This week in hardboiled we read Chester Himes’s 1964 novel Cotton Comes to Harlem as well as watched the 1970 proto-blaxploitation film adaptation by Ossie Davis. One of the elements … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled Week 11: Wikipedia Research Project & Sundry (Election Night)

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 Hardboiled Course Discussion of Wikipedia Research Project
Above is the audio from Tuesday night’s Hardboiled class. We spent most of the session discussing the Wikipedia research project, and started to frame the scope of that over the … Continue reading Continue reading

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A tennis star plays a match with murder!

I have been dying to make this GIF from Hitchcock’s adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel Strangers on a Train for a for a while now. I finally found some time to make it this evening, and as usual making … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled: Strangers on a Train Discussions

Almost two weeks ago we discussed Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith at length. I’ve been to crazy to post the discussions here, so let me fix that now and I will come back and blog about the book … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled: Mildred Pierce Discussion (Part 2) & Midterm

Mildred Pierce Class Discussion (10-11-12)
The class discussion covering the second half of James M. Caine’s Mildred Pierce from Thursday can be found above. Oddly enough I forgot my marked up copy of the novel at home, so rather than freaking … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled Week 7: Mildred Pierce (part 1)

This week we will be reading and discussing James M. Caine’s Mildred Pierce, one of three extremely influential hardboiled novels by this author—the other two being The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) and Double Indemnity (1943, though serialized in 1936). What’s interesting … Continue reading Continue reading

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Smells like Honeysuckle

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Hardboiled Week 6: Double Indemnity, Research, and Wikipedia

I can’t believe it’s already week 6 of the hardboiled class—where has the semester gone? Tonight we’ll be watching the noir classic Double Indemnity (1944) based on James M. Caine’s novel of the same name and co-written by Raymond Chandler. It … Continue reading Continue reading

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