Hi Dana, the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses. This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point? The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to email@example.com
That's a GREAT story, and no, I hadn't heard it. The old Homicide station (from the TV show) is down by the harbor, and for a long time they had people going there trying to report actual crimes. The City had to put a plaque on it saying "THIS IS NOT A POLICE STATION" or something to keep people from bleeding out on the steps waiting for the cops to come out.
Dana: I looked through your blog and your info here and see that you are a fellow fan of The Wire. I am right there with you. I actually spent a week in Baltimore Homicide in 2001 with a detective named Dennis Raftery, when HBO was just starting to scout the series. Very interesting stuff going on down there.
Well, now this is the only way I can respond. Yes, the poll tax was abolished with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But, you also had to own property to vote, as many illegals do not--but they tend to vote anyway. You must not be familiar with places like the Texas Valley. Yes, it was a Jim Crow practice--against legal citizens of this country. I spoke out against illegals voting. The First Amendment became law in1791, which gave us the right to speak freely. I was unaware we all had to agree on the Crimespace site and wonder how you learn if you just feed the same thoughts back and forth to one another. Thanks for the free personality analysis. It is always helpful when someone gives you an honest assessment of your behavior, as they rarely do, and all but tells you that you are not welcome. A hurt animal, etc.. . .hmm. . .you will have to dig a little deeper for some really alarming and shocking potty-mouth phrases; because, you may recall I am married to a sailor and have heard them all.
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sweet of you to comment on my blog, Dana.
It's appreciated, believe me!
don't get on here often--but will to see how my friends are and you're one of the very best who always helped me with stuff I asked!
best wishes and all kinds of good things!
In regard to your blog, Reviewing the Reviewers, there is a website you and the other members need to check out. It is MidwestBookReview.com Authors can get reviews on their work. The website tells them what they need to do in order to be considered for review.
And we think Rhett Butler had a hard time getting "Frankly, my dear. I don't give a Damn " on film. Clark Gable had to threaten a lot of people to get that past the censors. Look at the filth that gets on film today.
I feel vindicated in my discussion opinion. This morning when I booted up my computer, guess what popped up on MSN? An ariticle entitled, "How Hollywood takes good books and makes them into bad movies." Is someone out there penning their articles from internet discussions? Creepy!