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History, the Closet, and the LAPD

History, the Closet, and the LAPD

KATHERINE V. FORREST has written 16 books and edited many others. This is notable by any measure, but it’s even more impressive when you consider that her first book, Curious Wine, was published whe...

Desire in a Drought

Desire in a Drought

WHEN RUTH ARDINGLY is nervous, she runs a cold tap in the kitchen. Ruth has the luxury to use water in this way, even in the midst of the world’s longest drought, because she lives on inexplicably l...

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...

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...

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...