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A Swell-Looking Babe

By Jim Thompson
  • ISBN Code: : 0316196096
  • Publisher : Mulholland Books
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
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It was supposed to be only a temporary job -- something to pay the bills until Dusty could get his feet back on the ground and raise enough money for medical school. After all, there's nothing wrong with being a bellboy at a respectable hotel like the Manton -- that is, until she came along. Marcia Hillis. The perfect woman. Beautiful. Experienced. Older and wiser. The only woman to ever measure up to that other her -- the one whose painful rejection Dusty can't quite put from his mind. But while Dusty has designs on Marcia, Marcia has an agenda of her own. One that threatens to pull the Manton inside-out, use Dusty up for all he's worth and leave him reeling and on the run, the whole world at his heels. A richly-imagined crime narrative of the Oedipal and betrayal, A Swell-Looking Babe is Thompson at his very best -- a cornerstone in Thompson's enduring legacy as the Dimestore Dostoyevsky of American fiction.

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  • Total of Pages : 176
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  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Book Code : 0822380560
  • Total of Pages : 380
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  • Total of Pages : 224
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  • Total of Pages : 256
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  • Total of Pages : 320
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1838717463
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Performing Arts
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On Kubrick provides an illuminating critical account of the films of Stanley Kubrick, from his earliest feature, Fear and Desire (1953), to the posthumously-produced A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001). The book offers provocative analysis of each of Kubrick's films, together with new information about their production histories and cultural contexts. Its ultimate aim is to provide a concise yet thorough discussion that will be useful as both an academic text and a trade publication. James Naremore argues that in several respects Kubrick was one of the cinema's last modernists: his taste and sensibility were shaped by the artistic culture of New York in the 1950s; he became a celebrated auteur who forged a distinctive style; he used art-cinema conventions in commercial productions; he challenged censorship regulations; and throughout his career he was preoccupied with one of the central themes of modernist art – the conflict between rationality and its ever-present shadow, the unconscious. War and science are key concerns in Kubrick's oeuvre, and his work has a hyper-masculine quality. Yet no director has more relentlessly emphasized the absurdity of combat, as in Paths of Glory (1957) and Full Metal Jacket (1987), the failure of scientific reasoning, as in 2001 (1968), and the fascistic impulses in masculine sexuality, as in Dr Strangelove (1964) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The book also argues that while Kubrick was a voracious intellectual and a life-long autodidact, the fascination of his work has less to do with the ideas it espouses than with the emotions it evokes. Often described as 'cool' or 'cold,' Kubrick is best understood as a skillful practitioner of what might be called the aesthetics of the grotesque; he employs extreme forms of caricature and black comedy to create disgusting, frightening yet also laughable images of the human body, creating a sense of unease that leaves viewers unsure of how to react.

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135215472
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
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  • Pdf File: professional-feature-writing.pdf

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Professional Feature Writing provides the basics of news media feature writing and establishes a solid foundation for students and writers making feature writing their career. This fifth edition offers a thorough and up-to-date look at newspaper, magazine, newsletter, and online publications, with emphasis on daily newspapers and consumer magazines. It serves as a comprehensive introduction to feature writing, emphasizing writing skills, article types, and the collegiate and professional writing life. With a wide variety of perspectives and experiences of both young and experienced writers, editors, publishers, and professors, the text is filled with practical guidance for writing a wide variety of features. Emphasizing writing values to strengthen a new writer's journalistic practices, author Bruce Garrison offers insights and expertise based on his own experience and the advice of professionals. He also includes lists of tips, observations, guidelines, sources, and story ideas, and gives a solid tour of the forms and approaches to feature writing. New for this edition are: Updated examples of feature writing, integrated throughout the text Profiles of young newspaper and magazine feature writers, highlighting their experiences and paths to success in the profession Coverage of computer-based research tools for writers, including discussion of on-line computer-based research tools with specific focus on the World Wide Web Discussion of online newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and original online publications and the role of feature writing for electronic publications. Each chapter includes excerpts and complete articles from the nation's leading publications. Building on introductory writing and reporting skills, this text is appropriate for upper-division journalism students learning feature writing and advanced writing topics. It will also serve as a valuable resource for freelance writers.

Spirit Trap

By Tim Bryant
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  • Publisher : Speaking Volumes
  • Book Code : 1645404447
  • Total of Pages : 235
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 815
  • Pdf File: spirit-trap.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Spirit Trap not only reunites the Fort Worth detective with his friends, Slant Face and James Alto; it also brings back favorites like Ruthie Nell Parker and Verbal and Noble Whitaker. There's a dead family in a small country house, a blind man working in a gun store, a vindictive dancehall owner, and a wild animal waiting at the edge of the woods. All have one thing in common, and it isn't their love for the Texas two-step.

Straight

By Wheeler W. Dixon
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 0791487334
  • Total of Pages : 218
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 834
  • Pdf File: straight.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Explores the ways that stereotypes of heterosexuality are portrayed and constructed in film.

Pop. 1280

By Jim Thompson
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  • Publisher : Mulholland Books
  • Book Code : 0316195871
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 290
  • Pdf File: pop-1280.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose. He doesn't solve problems, enforce rules or arrest criminals. He knows that nobody in tiny Potts County actually wants to follow the law and he is perfectly content lazing about, eating five meals a day, and sleeping with all the eligible women. Still, Nick has some very complex problems to deal with. Two local pimps have been sassing him, ruining his already tattered reputation. His girlfriend Rose is being terrorized by her husband. And then, there's his wife and her brother Lenny who won't stop troubling Nick's already stressed mind. Are they a little too close for a brother and a sister? With an election coming up, Nick needs to fix his problems and fast. Because the one thing Nick does know is that he will do anything to stay sheriff. Because, as it turns out, Sheriff Nick Corey is not nearly as dumb as he seems. In Pop. 1280, widely regarded as a classic of mid-20th century crime, Thompson offers up one of his best, in a tale of lust, murder, and betrayal in the Deep South that was the basis for the critically acclaimed French film Coup de Torchon.

Violent Screen

By Stephen Hunter
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  • Publisher : Bancroft Press
  • Book Code : 0963537644
  • Total of Pages : 308
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 706
  • Pdf File: violent-screen.pdf

Book Short Summary:

One of today's premier movie critics takes aim at 13 years of violence on the big screen.

New Deal Modernism

By Michael Szalay
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  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Book Code : 0822381141
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 774
  • Pdf File: new-deal-modernism.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In New Deal Modernism Michael Szalay examines the effect that the rise of the welfare state had on American modernism during the 1930s and 1940s, and, conversely, what difference this revised modernism made to the New Deal’s famed invention of “Big Government.” Szalay situates his study within a liberal culture bent on security, a culture galvanized by its imagined need for private and public insurance. Taking up prominent exponents of social and economic security—such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Maynard Keynes, and John Dewey—Szalay demonstrates how the New Deal’s revision of free-market culture required rethinking the political function of aesthetics. Focusing in particular on the modernist fascination with the relation between form and audience, Szalay offers innovative accounts of Busby Berkeley, Jack London, James M. Cain, Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, Betty Smith, and Gertrude Stein, as well as extended analyses of the works of Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Richard Wright.

Writing Dynamite Story Hooks

By Jackson Dean Chase
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  • Publisher : Jackson Dean Chase, Inc.
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 284
  • Pdf File: writing-dynamite-story-hooks.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Learn to Hook Readers With the Perfect Opening Line How you start your story is the most important part of your book. From the first sentence, you need to know how to keep readers hooked. In this fun to read, fast to learn guide, USA TODAY bestselling author Jackson Dean Chase shows YOU how to write dynamite story hooks for novels, novellas, short stories, and memoirs. Step by step, line by line. This quick and easy guide teaches you clever tips and strategies, including: The Top 10 Best Story Hooks that grab readers and keep them turning pages The Top 10 Worst Story Hooks that make you look like a hack, and How to Fix Them Advanced techniques to Combine Multiple Story Hooks to open your story any way you want A Foolproof Writing Strategy to hook readers with Clear Examples from your favorite bestsellersEveryone loves great writing advice because it helps you sell more books and make more fans. Buy this treasure trove of valuable knowledge now and turn your next book into a compulsive page-turner. NOTE: The Ultimate Author's Guide to Writing Dynamite Story Hooks was previously released as How to Start Your Novel. This "ultimate" edition has been significantly revised and expanded with 50 pages of incredible new content!

Cashiers du Cinemart 18

By Various Authors
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1304989291
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 678
  • Pdf File: cashiers-du-cinemart-18.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Cashiers du Cinemart #18 marks the 20th anniversary issue of the infamous Detroit film zine. Featuring reviews, interviews, and essays on films from the sublime to the obscure. Regular contributors Skizz Cyzyk, Rich Osmond, Mike Malloy, and Mike Sullivan are back with looks at Corrupt, Eye of the Tiger, Earl Owensby, and casting decisions that almost were. Jim Donahue, Calum Syers, Scott Lefebvre, and Andrew Leavold have returned to give us pieces about Michael Powell, Ulli Lommel, Anthony Matthews, and Eddie Romero. Joshua Gravel provides another batch of movie reviews that go beyond the usual thumbs up/down tripe. This issue also features articles by first-time contributors Jay A. Gertzman, Heather Drain, Greg Goodsell, Marisa Young Mike Dereniewski, Ryan Sarnowski, Jared Case, Joe "Woodyanders" Wawrzyniak, and David Bertrand.

The Getaway

By Jim Thompson
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  • Publisher : Mulholland Books
  • Book Code : 0316195898
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 99
  • Pdf File: the-getaway.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Doc McCoy is the most skilled criminal alive. But when for the first time in Doc's long criminal career, his shot doesn't hit the mark, everything begins to fall apart. And Doc begins to realize that the perfect bank robbery isn't complete without the perfect getaway to back it up. THE GETAWAY is the classic story of a bank robbery gone horribly wrong, where the smallest mistakes have catastrophic consequences, and shifting loyalties lead to betrayals and chaos. The basis for the classic Steve McQueen film of the same name, as well as a 1994 remake with Alec Baldwin, Thompson's novel set the bar for every heist story that followed--but as Thompson's proved time and again, nobody's ever done it better than the master.

The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies

By Raymond Benson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oceanview Publishing
  • Book Code : 1608091023
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 866
  • Pdf File: the-black-stiletto.pdf

Book Short Summary:

For Better or Worse—A Move to L.A. It is 1961 in the fourth book of the Black Stiletto series. Judy, the Stiletto, meets Leo, a charismatic man who convinces her to move to Los Angeles when she is run out of New York by increasingly hazardous police heat. But soon Judy suspects that Leo is not the white knight she first thought. Leo, who has connections with the West Coast mobs, has plenty of skeletons in his closet. His mysterious sister, Christina, who once served time for armed robbery, could also be a threat to the Stiletto's new life in California. Meanwhile, in the present, Alzheimer's-stricken Judy takes a turn for the worse as Martin comes to grips with the imminent end of his mother's life. And when elements from the Stiletto's past once again appear to threaten Martin's family, it is up to his daughter Gina to step up and take matters into her own hands. In a novel bristling with mysteries, secrets, and lies, the Black Stiletto saga takes a dark left turn into even more treacherous territory.

Historical Dictionary of Film Noir

By Andrew Spicer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Book Code : 9780810873780
  • Total of Pages : 532
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 162
  • Pdf File: historical-dictionary-of-film-noir.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Historical Dictionary of Film Noir is a comprehensive guide that ranges from 1940 to present day neo-noir. It consists of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on every aspect of film noir and neo-noir, including key films, personnel (actors, cinematographers, composers, directors, producers, set designers, and writers), themes, issues, influences, visual style, cycles of films (e.g. amnesiac noirs), the representation of the city and gender, other forms (comics/graphic novels, television, and videogames), and noir's presence in world cinema. It is an essential reference work for all those interested in this important cultural phenomenon.

Roughneck

By Jim Thompson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Mulholland Books
  • Book Code : 0316196061
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 966
  • Pdf File: roughneck.pdf

Book Short Summary:

By the time Jim Thompson was sixteen years old, he had been a newspaper boy, a burlesque show hawker, a plumber's helper, a comedian in two-reel pictures, a night bellboy in a luxury hotel and over a dozen other occupations. By the time he was eighteen, he was driving across America in a broken-down Ford without a penny to his name and his mother and his kid sister Freddie in tow, looking for just one more paycheck to keep them all alive. A bittersweet comedy of a hard-won American life, ROUGHNECK chronicles the many jobs, near-criminal escapades, and downright unlawful grifts of the man who would become one of crime fiction's most enduring writers, in a larger-than-life literary memoir--or wildly entertaining tall tale--as only Thompson could tell it. Hard times have never sounded so good.