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Fifth Summer of Noir: 8 more sessions, 4 more noir fictions
Thu, July 22 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, September 9, 2021
with The Marxist Education Project Literature Studies Group
“As Georges Bataille tells us, there is a profound link between literature and evil. If writing and reading are transgressive acts, or crimes, which unmask deep philosophical truths about us and our world, then what does crime fiction — a genre focused on those transgressions — reveal? Scholars from Dennis Porter to Ernest Mandel argue that the crime genre is also distinctly social, even political, and revealing about mainstream ideology, power, and control.” —Russell Williams, “The Serie Noire and Social Intervention”, LA Review of Books, July 27, 2015
For the last four summers, the MEP Literature Studies Group has delved into a wealth of noir fiction. This year our six selections will take us deep into the underbelly of capitalism – good for reading at the beach, on the subway, a train, boat or plane, or in your favorite reading chair safely at home.
We have completed our discussions of Drive and Clark Gifford’s Body
JULY 22 and 29 • DREAD JOURNEY by DOROTHY B.HUGHES
An aging actress attempting to elude her murderer on a cross-country train as it barrels through America. 264 pages
AUGIST 5 and 12 • BLACK WINGS HAS MY ANGEL by ELLIOTT CHAZE
This novel careens through a landscape of desperate passion and wild reversals. It is a journey you will never forget. 224 pages
AUGIST 19 and 26 • HOW THE DEAD LIVE by DEREK RAYMOND
A bitter detective refuses to let the death of an inconsequential woman be ignored by neither the governmental authority nor the neighbors. 224 pages
SEPTEMBER 2 & 9 • THE LESS DEAD by DENISE MINA
A story of daughters and mothers, secrets and choices, and how the search for the truth—and a long-hidden killer—will lead one woman to find herself. 336 pages
The authors: Besides being a crime writer, James Sallis (born December 21, 1944 in Helena, Arkansas) is also a poet, critic, musicologist and musician, best known for his series of novels featuring the detective character Lew Griffin which are located in New Orleans. Kenneth Flexner Fearing (1902-1961) was an American poet and novelist, most notably The Big Clock. A major poet of the great Depression that began in 1929, he addressed the shallowness and consumerism of American society as he saw it, typically by ironically adapting the language of commerce and media. Besides writing crime fiction, Dorothy B. Hughes (1904-1993) was also a literary critic and historian. She wrote fourteen crime and detective novels, in the main hardboiled and noir. She is best known for the novels In a Lonely Place and Ride the Pink Horse. During his career, Elliott Chaze (1915-1990) had at least ten books published, including a collection of essays. His work was rediscovered in the 1980s, when Black Wings Has My Angel was republished and One for the Money, and four other crime novels were published for the first time. Robert William Arthur Cook, better known since the 1980s by his pen name Derek Raymond, was an English crime writer, and to this day is credited with being a founder of British noir. Denise Mina is a Scottish crime writer and playwright. She has written the Garnethill trilogy and another three novels featuring the character Patricia “Paddy” Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. Described as an author of Tartan Noir, she has also dabbled in comic book writing, having written 13 issues of Hellblazer.