Category Archives: Film

Hammett on Hammett: The Case of the Mystery Editor

Maxwell Perkins coached and encouraged F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gordon Lish often slashed more than half of Raymond Carver’s stories. Thanks to letters, journals, and literary scholars, readers can see the trajectories of manuscripts from draft to printed page. Not just … Continue reading

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The Magical Negro

The title of this post comes from Matthew Hughey by way of Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. She quotes the professor, a sociologist, in her essay-review of the film, The Help, adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s novel. In Bad Feminist … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Bulldog

There are two parts to this argument, and neither of them offers a definitive conclusion. There is the novel – the bear – of the title and then the short story, the bulldog. Nobody would think twice about who would … Continue reading

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No Good Action

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. * The Maltese Falcon (1941) is an iconic … Continue reading

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Much Ado – to Wit and Woo

Sheila O’Malley lets slip a comparison in her review of Joss Whedon’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. She wrote (and I place it in a block quote for the eyes): Beatrice is a tough-talkin’ dame like Carole Lombard … Continue reading

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All for a pair of candlesticks

Film adaptations are upon us. Full-blown productions, with budgets befitting the fictional country of Fredonia, are out and about to compete for our attention this holiday season at the local Cineplex. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Hugo’s Les … Continue reading

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Adrift with an Anchor

“But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by. … Continue reading

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