The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Well here I am, plod, plod, plodding my way backwards through the Modern Library’s Top 100. I decided to work backwards on the premise that surely the books could only improve as I went along. So far, I’m currently at number 88, which means I’ve only read 13 titles in the past three years: too... Continue Reading →

The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain

Hardboiled fiction entered the literary scene in the 1920’s and is “distinguished by an unsentimental portrayal of crime, violence and sex.” A subset of this genre is Noir fiction, and James M. Cain’s 1934 novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is one of its earliest and most salient contributions. Noir fiction is characteristically dark with... Continue Reading →

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