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The Fame Conspirators

The Fame Conspirators

DURING THE HALFTIME SHOW at Super Bowl XLVII, Beyoncé made a symbol with her fingers. The shape she formed caused speculation within the blogosphere: several sites erupted with questions about her a...

Negative Spaces

Negative Spaces

DURING THE MEMORY of a party — a rare carefree moment in Heidi Pitlor’s new domestic noir, The Daylight Marriage — Lovell Hall is asked about his favorite storm. The climate scientist answers ea...

A Guide to Millennial Femininity

A Guide to Millennial Femininity

YOU ARE A LIE. We all are. Every day we wake up and put on an outstanding performance. Our gender, our social class, and our relationships are carefully crafted to meet a set of expectations — a top...

The Coldest Cases

The Coldest Cases

THERE’S SOMETHING POTENT about murder and mayhem in a cold climate. We might take our reading to the beaches and pool sides of sunnier places, but, if sales of Scandinavian mystery novels are anythi...

A Wishful Fear and a Fearful Wish

A Wishful Fear and a Fearful Wish

IN HIS RECENT COLUMN for Esquire, “A Thousand Words About Our Culture,” Stephen Marche argues that “the forms of genre — science fiction, fantasy, the hardboiled detective story, the murder my...

Take a Walk in a Wild City: Noir and New Orleans

Take a Walk in a Wild City: Noir and New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS has settled into its groove. The city is approaching the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the massive flooding from systemic levee failures triggered by the storm. Upheaval has ma...

Only the Dead Do Not Dream

Only the Dead Do Not Dream

LANCE HANSEN is a forest cop, a police officer whose beat happens to be in the Superior National Forest. He’s overweight and drinks Mesabi Red, brewed by the Lake Superior Brewing Company. He snacks...

“There Is, But We’ll Never Know”

“There Is, But We’ll Never Know”

All supernatural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course. — Ronald Knox NO GENRE OF PROSE, common wisdom and Monsignor Ronald Knox would have us know, is as stringently rule...

The Mysterious Life of David Goodis

The Mysterious Life of David Goodis

LITERARY OBSCURITY is a curious beast. Why do some writers get discovered and stay famous, while others, perhaps just as good, possibly even better, remain undiscovered or burn brightly for a brief pe...

A Mormon Mystery

A Mormon Mystery

THE PREMISE of The Bishop’s Wife, by Mette Ivie Harrison, is a compelling one: Linda Wallheim, a Mormon mother with four grown sons and one nearly out of high school, is married to an accountant who...