5 Movies That Inspired Movies

“I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years,” George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden…

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Play Really Makes You Drink

When we came across novelist Denis Johnson’s gothic noir Already Dead as sheltered young lit students, we were dubious about whether California could be…

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Sam Spade in a Chariot

The names Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler usually conjure images of detectives, wiseguys, and an unbearably cute terrier named Asta — not gladiators, emperors,…

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Upcoming Book Events

Friday, March 27 Nobody doesn't like Isabel Allende. Nobody literate, anyway. The cherished local novelist and memoirist will be the guest of honor for…

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Right in the Kisser

In the world of noir, geography holds sway: Alleyways and archways surpass the curve of a femme fatale’s neck, street names carry more weight…

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