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    Own Horn

    The ‘Bestest’ of 2015

    The ‘Bestest’ of 2015

    The very best of 2015 according to the people who make The Wild Detectives possible and some of our great friends.

    Film

    Wong Kar-Wai – In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar-Wai – In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar-Wai creates art for one medium: film. His are not the kind of movies that could be adapted to any other format, be it book, television, or theater. He paints with the lens, flashes of color slashing across the celluloid. He extracts the best from his actors, beckoning feelings of incredible depth and meaning in a single look. Wong is, to put it simply, a filmic genius crafting masterworks of mood and light for an audience that’s just now coming to appreciate the extent of his oeuvre.

    Literature

    In defense of the tome: four books for four seasons

    In defense of the tome: four books for four seasons

    In July, Charles Dee Mitchell wrote an excellent article on this blog entitled “Enough with the Tomes: 4 Authors to Read in an Afternoon.” However, despite its excellent recommendations, the reverse position deserves an ardent defense.

    Books

    Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

    Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

    Reading the recommendations of established authors lets you look into the mind of an artist in a unique way; you don’t just see how they love to create, but the creations of others that they admire.

    Own Horn

    Darkness and laughs take center stage to celebrate Dallas Noir

    Darkness and laughs take center stage to celebrate Dallas Noir

    Last June, The Wild Detectives gathered together some of the Texan authors who contributed to Dallas Noir, a short stories collection set in Dallas. Matt Bondurant, Catherine Cuellar, Ben Fountain, Suzanne Frank, Daniel J. Hale, David Hale Smith, Fran Hillyer, Harry Hunsicker, Kathleen Kent and Merritt Tierce opened the also called Dallas Noir, Oak Cliff’s First Literary Festival.

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    Introducing Tostas

    Introducing Tostas

    They did it again. I don’t know how, but The Wild Detectives bunch keep managing to surprise us and improve the experience you get when you cross their doors on 8th Street.

    Literature

    Make your mama shake with fear… by reading books

    Make your mama shake with fear… by reading books

    In which a professional nerd discusses why reading upsets your mother and why it’s worth doing anyway.

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