Dashiell Hammett

  • Movies

    January 2, 2013

    How to Defend Quentin Tarantino

    What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss

  • Music

    July 12, 2006

    A Beautiful Mind

    Minnesota-born Paul Nelson was a '60s folk revival pioneer and a founding father of rock writing

  • Arts

    June 7, 2006

    Black on Blonde

    Where's the best place in the Twin Cities to murder a drifter?

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2005

    Tip o' the hat to the Pizza Man

    A belated congratulations to Pizza Man, whose Streets of Pizza blog was a Yahoo! Pick on November 25.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2005

    Nightstand Confessional

    In honor of this week's Dicks Nix Chick's Kicks

    Soft Covers. Hard Women. A New Series of Pulps to Savor Over Whiskey from a Plastic Bottle.

  • Arts

    January 29, 2003

    Resident Evil

    Lying politicians, pompous villains, and the wrath of a single mom

  • Books

    August 15, 2001

    The Killer in Me Is the Killer in You

    Everyone is a potential murderer in the malleable moral universe of Patricia Highsmith

  • Restaurants

    May 23, 2001
  • Arts

    March 7, 2001

    Death Warmed Over

    Novelist William Kent Krueger's fictional northwoods town is a hotbed of racial tension and cold-blooded murder

  • Movies

    July 26, 2000

    Blood on the Tracks

    The Coen Brothers' debut feature Blood Simple reopens the file on these reticent Minneapolitans

  • Arts

    June 3, 1998

    Fly Away Home

    Having survived Cambodia's killing fields, poet U Sam Oeur writes as a witness to the "Kingdom of Hell"

  • Arts

    May 20, 1998

    Moving Violations

    Say uncle: Uncle Peck (Tom Poole) and L'il Bit (Larissa Paige Kokernot) steer into uncertain country in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive

  • Books

    February 4, 1998

    Paperback Writer

    All Aboard the Night Train: Martin Amis takes an American holiday in a slender volume of genre fiction.