Monthly Archives: August 2016

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 23-24

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? Hammett, Dashiell.  The Maltese Falcon.  New York: Knopf, 1930. Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon was not the first hardboiled detective novel.  That distinction is commonly accorded to John Daly’s first Race Williams novel, Knights of the Open Palm (1923).  But The Maltese Falcon and its film adaptation gave the…

Murder Is Our Peculiar Pastime: Fifty Notable American Crime Novels: 21-22

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? Gardner, Erle Stanley.  The Case of the Crooked Candle.  New York: Morrow, 1944. Erle Stanley Gardner was not the first mystery-suspense novelist to create a protagonist who was a lawyer.  But his most famous creation, Perry Mason, has become the prototype for other criminal attorneys in the genre—so much…

The New Oprah?

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? The White House has released the books on President Obama’s “Summer Reading List”; Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Seveneves by Neal Stephenson None of the books are explicitly being recommended by…

We May Be Better Off Not Knowing the Details

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This item was posted to our faculty listserve yesterday: “A pair of navy blue men’s dress slacks were found outside between Rike and Allyn halls. If you are missing them, please email me.” ? The item about the lost men’s slacks reminded me that about 30 years ago, I wrote…

More Presidential Campaign Usage Policing

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? This from CNN: “After Hillary Clinton’s controversy over her private email use, running mate Tim Kaine told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that the two would be ‘real transparent’ in the White House. ‘She said it was a mistake,’ Kaine said. ‘I am not presumptuous enough to start thinking about how…

An English-Teachery Post

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? https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/760416553208680448 ? ? ?