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The Dark Heart of Noir

Aug 24, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

Seven years is a long time for anyone to do anything; on the basis of stamina alone you gain a reputation for being some sort of expert. Perform cerebral commissurotomies for seven years, and you lose the right to start sentences with, “Well, I’m no brain surgeon, but . . .” Edit a line of […]

See You in the Darkness

Aug 23, 2010 in Books, Guest Posts

One chilly February evening back in 2008, mystery writer Alan Gordon drove me home from a book launch for Queens Noir (Akashic, 2008), an anthology of dark tales set in my home borough. Both Alan and I live in Forest Hills, a pretty serene neighborhood set deep into Queens. As we approached the police precinct […]

’70s paranoia thrillers and why we need them now more than ever . . .

Aug 20, 2010 in Books, Film, Guest Posts

It was never going to last that long. Golden ages rarely do. But for a while there in the 1970s, that’s what we had. Ten years after Richard Hofstadter coined the phrase “the paranoid style” (in a lecture he delivered just days before JFK was assassinated), the national traumas of Vietnam and Watergate were in […]