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Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?

Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?

Amanda Palmer = Stephen King?Behold the Internet's latest triumph of cultural appropriation: I Write Like. The website, founded by a 27-year-old Russian software programmer named...
By Steve Miller  |  July 20, 2010

Mostly noir

The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptatio
And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts from June 2-13.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010

Night moves

Jason Schwartzman tries another identity
Jason Schwartzman tries another identity
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 18, 2009

Big sleepy

If television is indeed a reflection of society, then to judge from what's on the screen these days, we're all surrounded by people leading seedy double lives.
Bored to Death brings a stoner PI to HBO
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 18, 2009

Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009

The price is right

For a guy sometimes compared to Philip K. Dick, Alex Irvine took his time in getting around to writing about the future.
Alexander C. Irvine sees a Buyout in your future
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009


Sweet smell of skill

Alexander Mackendrick, who's the subject of a tribute at the Harvard Film Archive this weekend, is a somewhat mysterious figure in movie history.
Alexander Mackendrick at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 06, 2009

Swedish schnapps

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's Martin Beck mysteries are back in a fourth American printing.
The Martin Beck mysteries
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  December 02, 2008

Pulp fiction

The forbidding, remorseless Russell Banks has finally conceded to popular literature.
Russell Banks dips into the mainstream in The Reserve
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2008

Detective comics

Tough guys and loose women populate the lighthearted musical City of Angels like tykes playing dress-up.
Brown’s playful City of Angels
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2007

More the mystery

What’s the big deal about Kate Atkinson? If you read the rapturous reviews of her previous novel, Case Histories , you’d conclude she had written an engrossing mystery that was, you know, more than just a mystery.
Kate Atkinson’s fear of genre
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 05, 2006


Global Murder

Forget the Greens and Libertarians. It’s the Couch-Potato Party that will be the next alternative force in Massachusetts politics.
Plus, can Healey speak for herself?
By JOHN CARROLL  |  August 03, 2006

Med noir

It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
By DANA KLETTER  |  April 27, 2006
Smoked book list photo 3/24/06

Blown away

For a book set in Portland, Patrick Quinlan’s Smoked is striking for its near-total lack of Maine characters. He populates his crime-thriller/love story with people you’ve largely never seen around here.
Quinlan’s Smoked is Grand Theft Auto: Portland
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 22, 2006