A noir sensibility finds its origins in German expressionism and creates a neurotic environment in which the borderline between good and evil is nonexistent.
Hammond has written a text that is frankly unclassifiable: part biography, part critical exegesis, part hipster manifesto.
The New York Times literary critic surveys the history of the newspaper’s book review to discover what has, and what hasn’t, changed in the last century.
In a brief survey of some core Western texts, Oates asks the key question, why do we want to experience fear in an aesthetic context?
Arguments that insist on the centrality of the western canon are most frequently a veil for the politics of exclusion.
Harold Bloom antagonized academics and cultural theorists, but remained a staunch advocate of transcendence through literature.