Tag Archives: Raymond Chandler

Read Means Run [2012]

I held a little party recently and in attendance was a Raymond Chandler fan other than me – an automatic win, I’d say. We got talking about The Simple Art of Murder, and W.H. Auden’s Guilty Vicarage, with a little detour through … Continue reading

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Reviews and Criticism

One way or another I’ve found myself discussing the value of “Criticism” recently, the general argument being made to me that it has little to no value. In fact some version of “those who can, do, and those who can’t, … Continue reading

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The Veronica Mars Movie [2014]

The best detective fiction often has a pair of crimes in parallel – one in the present caused by one in the future. To solve the present, you must excavate the past. This can take a range of forms, so … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015]

One thing I always say is that all critical endeavour begins with an emotional response to a work. I felt fairly uninspired by Avengers 2, and the cause was fairly obvious: far too much time spent kicking and punching. Hardly … Continue reading

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The Multiplicity of Cultural Catastrophes

By now it’s old news, but recently Alan Moore made some provocative statements about the cultural effect of the Superhero myth that were picked up by the Guardian newspaper.  The key quotation that caught my attention was this one: To my … Continue reading

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Clandestine [1980]

James Ellroy’s novels defy easy classification. There are a few early novels that fit nicely in a pigeon hole – the Lloyd Hopkins novels are serial killer procedurals, Brown’s Requiem is essentially “just” a hard-boiled detective yarn. But it’s not … Continue reading

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Hard-boiled Masculinities

A thesis is, to an extent, a filter that is applied to a work. We hold a word up in front of a work of art and see what patterns are formed and omitted. My thesis has ended up about … Continue reading

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