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July 2011

Articles From Jim Curtis in July
Thursday Jul 28, 2011 40:00 PM ET
L.A. is the perfect setting for mysteries. Since there’s no there in LA, people can hide out anywhere.  After all, Raymond Chandler set The Big Sleep in LA, and detective stories don’t get any better than that. Still, Raymond...
Wednesday Jul 27, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Who would think to look for insights into our troubled times in a spy thriller? And in a historical spy thriller? And in a historical spy thriller that features a Nazi soldier as a detective?  Well, it’s Philip Kerr’s Field...
Monday Jul 25, 2011 40:00 PM ET
Imagine a writer who is like Oscar Wilde without the frivolousness, like Franz Kafka without the grimness, and like Vladimir Nabokov without the snobbishness—and you have Viktor Pelevin, Russia’s most important living writer.More than anything, it’s the dizzying diversity of...
Saturday Jul 23, 2011 55:00 AM ET
Lots of kids idolize their dads - at least when they’re young. But what are kids to do when they idolize their dads, and then as they grow up, they gradually realize that everybody else does, too? That’s the problem...
Wednesday Jul 20, 2011 40:00 AM ET
Sure, you know that the Harry Potter franchise is the most profitable movie franchise in history. You know that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II set a four-day record by taking in an astonishing $187.2 M. Do...
Saturday Jul 16, 2011 05:00 PM ET
As Jack Nicholson said in quite a different context, it’s Chinatown.
Thursday Jul 14, 2011 15:00 PM ET
You could say that it started with Hank Williams. The patron saint of country music was writing his own songs, singing them and accompanying himself on the guitar at a time when Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and other pop stars...
Sunday Jul 10, 2011 20:00 AM ET
Critics, fans of detective stories, and just ordinary folks have a lot of trouble talking about the relationships between artists.
Saturday Jul 9, 2011 40:00 AM ET
It was a road trip that had catastrophe written all over it. Keith Richards begins his autobiography Life with a story about how he, Ronnie Woods, and two members of the Rolling Stones entourage decided to drive from Memphis to...
Wednesday Jul 6, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Although not every great movie franchise has a literary source, most of them do. But there’s a very indicative difference between British movie franchises and American movie franchises. The Brits have the greatest, richest uninterrupted literary tradition in the...
Tuesday Jul 5, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Although Stephen Hunter has written a variety of novels, he is best known for his franchise hero, a Marine sniper from Blue Eye, Arkansas, Bob Lee Swagger.
Saturday Jul 2, 2011 10:00 PM ET
You wouldn’t think that Publishers Weekly’s list of The Week’s Hottest Reads would itself make for interesting reading, but insights about gender roles in America turn up in odd places these days. This list of bestsellers for June 23...
Friday Jul 1, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Imagine this: You’ve settled in on the beach and are ready for a good read while you work on your tan. But lightning strikes, and it starts to rain.
Friday Jul 1, 2011 35:00 PM ET
The Nazis have been movie bad guys for a long time - at least since Casablanca. They’ve provided readily identifiable villains in the ever-popular theme of the struggle between good and evil. Still, there wasn’t much left for filmmakers to...

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