Monthly Archives: October 2012

Parental Warning: Explicit Language

One thing that jumps out at me about Cotton Comes to Harlem is all the mother-raping profanity. I’m assuming Himes had to put it that way because he couldn’t get away with the F-bomb. Or maybe the publisher changed it … Continue reading

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Coffin & Grave

So it’s the week of Halloween, and we’re reading a book starring Coffin Ed and Grave Digger. Funny how that worked out. I thought I’d take a look at Chester Himes to find out what he’s about. From his biography, it … Continue reading

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Stranger thoughts

I tuned into radio ds106 last night for the hardboiled class, but the ds106ers were using it instead. Too bad – I wanted to hear what people had to say about Strangers on a Train. One thing that caught my … Continue reading

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Fun with Comic Sans

Dean Shareski made a ds106 assignment out of Oleg Tarasov’s experiments in using Comic Sans in popular logos. I couldn’t help but do the obvious thing. Sorry. At least I used 106 point type.

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A to G

Interlibrary loan is a wonderful thing… when it works right. I put in a request for Strangers on a Train almost two weeks ago, and it just came in yesterday afternoon. While I was wondering if it would show up in … Continue reading

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She Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby

I never noticed it before, but in the background of the scene at the beginning of the movie where Mildred and Wally are in the bar or restaurant, you can hear a song in the background: You must have been … Continue reading

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Joan Crawford

I found a DVD of Mildred Pierce in the public library several years ago. The library clerk complimented my choice. “Joan Crawford was such a great actress. And a great lady.” Crawford was a big star in her day, but in … Continue reading

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Piercings

I don’t remember how I ended up on this page, but these book reviews of Mildred Pierce are awesome. My personal favorite: “If there are more vicious quarrels in print than those in which these characters indulge their sadism I … Continue reading

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Hardboiled timeline

hardboiled on Dipity. I thought it would be interesting to make a timeline to put the books and movies we’re covering in a historical context. So I started this thing using Dipity. I set it so anyone can edit it, … Continue reading

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Double endings

Chapter two of More Than Night is “Modernism and Blood Melodrama: Three Case Studies.” It analyzes The Glass Key, The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity. The end of the chapter has two publicity stills from the alternate ending to Double Indemnity. … Continue reading

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