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Rough Draft

Information is one of the most valuable assets in the world and it’s something that we use everyday. Whether or not it is using Google, Bing, MSN Search or Wikipedia, we need access to this information, but where does it come from? How do we know that the information presented to us is reliable? Wikipedia […] Continue reading

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Black Dhalia

Just for a reference of what a black dahlia looks like. I think its interesting to see the almost black-rotten core dressed with deep red flowers. Maybe this will be a theme to come up later in the book; corruption/rotting from within. Once again I found that the beginning ofThe Black Dahlia was very slow […] Continue reading

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This Woman Kicks Ass

I felt the story started off pretty slow, but once Indemnity Only got started, it didn’t stop. I was a little weary when this book had about 320 pages (because I dreaded reading that much) but I realized that this hardboiled novel added in a side of the detective we hadn’t seen before, probably because […] Continue reading

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A step closer to the 21st Century

I do like the idea of a female P.I. It changes things up form what we have been reading so far and its nice to see the hardboiled genre from a woman’s point of view. With that out of the way, I thought the book to be annoying in some places. For example, V.I. gets […] Continue reading

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Just some Harlem Boys

It is understandable for both Coffin Ed and Grave Digger to be how they are; tough and mean. The sixties was a rough place, especially for African Americans. With the Civil Rights movement reaching its climax, the beginning of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, the draft, poverty and crime levels being extremely high in Harlem at […] Continue reading

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That no good mother-raper.

  Cotton Comes to Harlem was surprisingly a great book. In the beginning it started off slow with the Back-to-Africa movement, but once the white hijackers came in, that’s where the real story starts. I thought it was interesting how easy it was for Reverend Deke O’Mally to get out of jail and cover up […] Continue reading

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A Change in Scenery….

What I find most interesting, and maybe I’m just late, but I like how the class is following a chronological order through history. It’s interesting to move from a novel like Red Harvest, or the movie “Miller’s Crossing”, moving through Ask the Dust, and now into Mildred Pierce. The common theme of femme fatale shows […] Continue reading

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A Bloody Noir

              The book Red Harvest and the movie Miller’s Crossing do have some similarities but are in some ways quite different. They both focus around one man who is stirring up all of the trouble within the corrupt cities, both men in a second-hand-man position. The main difference between […] Continue reading

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I don’t think the dust has much to say…

When I first started reading Ask the Dust by John Fante, I really hated it. I thought that it started off slow and that the rest of the book would follow suit. But it didn’t. Arturo Bandini actually turned out to be an interesting character to follow after a certain point. When Arturo met Camilla […] Continue reading

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6WordStory

  I chose this scene from the story “Soldier’s Home”, when the main character Krebs confesses to his mother that he can’t pray, because he has no faith. I believe it captures the loss of faith and innocence that is repeated throughout stories such as the first one “On the Quai at Smyrna”, and the […] Continue reading

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