5 Better Things to do with your time than read PEC...

Watch: LONESTAR– My first crooked cop crush was on Matthew McConaughey’s Buddy Deeds from John Sayles’ 1996 flick about the discovery of a shallow grave outside a small border town in Texas. The moral complexities of the character were a revelation to me. Yes he personally profited from graft and bribery, and by helping locals skirt the law, but his corruption was not entirely self-serving, nor simply cynical, amoral pragmatism, there was also a sacrificial element and at least the idea of a nobility to it that glimmered occasionally beneath Read: GIVE US A KISS by Daniel Woodrell – My first exposure to Woodrell’s Ozarks. I’ve lived in...

Noir at the Bar: Twin Cities Nov03

Noir at the Bar: Twin Cities

Last night the New Hope Cinema Grill hosted the second Noir at the Bar event ever held in the Twin Cities. After the wonderful reception the first event received from the crime fiction loving Minnesota crowd, a second event was less of a question of “if” and more of a question of “when.”   At the first event, it was announced that attendee Anthony Neil Smith’s novel HOGDOGGIN was set to be shot as a feature film directed by event host Paul von Stoetzel. His company Killing Joke Films has partnered with event sponsor Pounding Heart MultiMedia for the film. Of course last night’s NatB featured readings from a fine variety of published...

Five (sort of) Books That Changed My Life: Jedidia...

  I have been struggling to land on a good Five _____ That Changed My Life for this here Crimespree blog, and have a couple half-written and totally overwrought pieces that I’m abandoning – Five Christian Rock Albums That Changed My Life and The Story of My Life in Five Dead Pets – but with the recent passing of my friend and inspiration Cortright McMeel, I’ve been reflecting on how much his publication Murdaland magazine changed my life. So, books. Just plain ol’ reliable books, is my piece.   Murdaland Issues 1 and 2– posi-fucking-lutely changed my life. It crystallized the concept I would channel my own writing...