Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bolaño (2666) in Woods

The dust jacket for Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 in woods, at night.

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Hoffman in Forest

Poster in forest for Straight Time (1978), starring Dustin Hoffman.

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A Note on Sylvia Harvey

Here is a small section I had to cut for length purposes from my D.W. Griffith piece in the March/April 2012 Believer Film Issue: In her pioneering essay “Woman’s Place: The Absent Family of Film Noir,” Sylvia Harvey suggests that … Continue reading

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Black Cat Beneath White Cross

Black Cat Beneath White Cross, near the corner of Fairfield and Puritan, in northwest Detroit.

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“The pipes of civilization are backing up.”

A copy of the Spring 1968 issue of Partisan Review, lying on a table in the Detroit sun in March 2012. Essays by Susan Sontag, Ivanhoe Donaldson, Norman Mailer, Abbie Hoffman, and others. In the section devoted to Black Power, … Continue reading

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D. W. Griffith in The Believer

My piece on D. W. Griffith’s (accidentally?) subversive short film from 1911, “His Trust,” appears in The Believer‘s 2012 Film Issue. I’ve used that film in several film classes, and each time there’s a greater sense of wonder at the film’s … Continue reading

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