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Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

Dennis Miller | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Dennis Miller

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American art form reached its paranoid zenith in the 1940s and '50s, taking its bleak existentialist cue from such masters as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others.

First Nighter: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Has Her Way at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When in 1934 Dmitri Shostakovich, not yet 30, composed Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, he provided music for all sorts of special occasions.

First Nighter: Amusing "Billy & Ray," Affecting "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

David Finkle | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Billy & Ray of the vague title Mike Bencivenga gives his play at the Vineyard are Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler.

'Murder 101' A Talk With Faye Kellerman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Faye Kellerman is the bestselling author of 26 novels, 22 of which feature the husband and wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Murder 101 is the twenty-second Decker-Lazarus novel.

Lost Story By 'Double Indemnity' Author Published

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books

NEW YORK — With its scent of sex, booze and despair, James M. Cain's "Mommy's a Barfly" should seem familiar to fans of the crime writer. The s...

Todd Haynes Talks About Mildred Pierce

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Todd Haynes has spent his filmmaking career working far outside the mainstream -- yet he seems surprised when a reporter refers to his new miniseries, HBO's Mildred Pierce, as surprisingly conventional for him.

HBO Launches 'Mildred Pierce,' Starring Kate Winslet, This March

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

I'd be serving you poorly if I just alerted you to to mark that date. Go back to the originals -- the James M. Cain novel and the film that won an Oscar for Joan Crawford in her first starring role -- and experience the real greatness of this story.

Your Weekend To-Do List: Dickens, Antiques, And Pie

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Have yourself a quaint little weekend with a stint at the Charles Dickens festival in Riverside, some shopping at Torrance's antique fair, and a bite ...

Survivor: Heroes vs Villains: Double Indumbnity

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Over in Samoa, Jerri, having profited from the use of Candice's disloyalty, now suggested cutting her loose, for being untrustworthy. Excuse me? Show me one Insufferable who is trustworthy.

Film Noir, at Its Noirest

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

There are plenty of films out there that make us hopeful about life and living. Film noir is a guilty pleasure where we witness the denizens of society's bottom rungs stamping on each other's feet for a higher, safer position.

Holden Caulfield at 60? No Way, Says J. D. Salinger

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Finkle

Salinger might be better off taking the view of James M. Cain, the author of several hot 1940s chart items. Cain, asked once how he felt about what Hollywood had done to his books, said, "Hollywood hasn't done anything to my books. There they all are, up on the shelf."