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Hardboiled Week 6: Double Indemnity, Research, and Wikipedia

I can’t believe it’s already week 6 of the hardboiled class—where has the semester gone? Tonight we’ll be watching the noir classic Double Indemnity (1944) based on James M. Caine’s novel of the same name and co-written by Raymond Chandler. It … Continue reading Continue reading

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Don’t Ask the Dust, Ask the Internet

Throughout the first five weeks of the hardboiled Freshman seminar I’m teaching, I’ve taken pains to reinforce how essential it is to read for context. To read for the things that don’t make sense, read for the things you do not … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled: Ask the Dust Discussion (Part 2)

Last night in the Hardboiled lit class I’m teaching this semester we continued our discussion of John Fante’s Ask the Dust. The class spent a few minutes in the beginning discussing some calendar updates, preparing for the Wikipedia research project … Continue reading Continue reading

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Ask The Dust Swag

While searching for an image for my soon to be next post I discovered some amazing Ask the Dust swag, which made my day! I found everything from bookmarks to stickers to bookcovers to a table tent.
And here is all … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled Blogging and the Art of Communicating

Last night I spent the first twenty minutes of class talking about the art of blogging to the Hardboiled class (you can hear it here). I’m not much for forumlas or pre-fabricated approaches to anything, I think blogging is something … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled: Ask the Dust Discussion (Part 1)

Last night we had a pretty amazing class—at least for me—discussing John Fante’s Ask the Dust. I didn’t come in with too many pre-exisiting ideas of how to teach the book (it’s only my second time teaching it), but rather … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled Week 5: Housekeeping and Ask the Dust

Email sent to class for week 5 of Hardboiled class.
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All,
Please read this email in its entirety.
Wikipedia Research Article: Project #1
I would like at least 5 volunteers for the first Wikipedia research project which will be bringing the article about Dashiell … Continue reading Continue reading

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Going Blood-Simple

This damned burg’s getting me. If I don’t get away soon I’ll be going blood-simple like the natives.
—Red Harvest

Update: This may not be the best GIF, but I just love M. Emmett Walsh’s yellow suit in Blood Simple. I want one! … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hardboiled: Red Harvest Radio

Given all the awesome blogging Paul Bond has been doing of his hardboiled readings as an open, online student I figured I would start streaming and archiving the classes for anyone who might have any interest. The students are starting … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Killer Quiz

I am giving this quiz on Dashell Hammett’s Red Harvest in 20 minutes because I love the idea of mapping a novel and its major players through murders. So hardboiled! I guess if you read this blog 10 minutes before … Continue reading Continue reading

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