Robert Lacy
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Tom Lea, “The Marines Call It That 2,000 Yard Stare” (Wikimedia Commons)
Memento Mori
Notes from a Nightmare Century

Famous photographs become our collective memories.

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Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (1944).
Dark Matter
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James M. Cain’s one-two punch—The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) and Double Indemnity (1943)—gave us the film noir era, but was it art?

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Tinseltown's Scribe
Nice Guy, Bad Driver

Remembering novelist Nathanael West, whose California dreams came true. Until he crashed into the car of a man whose didn’t.

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