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You got it folks, you might guess by now that we do things in a pretty twisted way around Twisted Sister, and noir is included.

What the heck is noir, anyway?

Noir fiction is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist. A typical protagonist of noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or other system that is no less corrupt than the perpetrator by whom the protagonist is either victimized and/or has to victimize others on a daily basis, leading to lose-lose situation.

Thank you Wikipedia.

To be even more succinct, a Huffington Post article said noir is about losers, and can a story never have a happy ending. Well, we’re not sure if our endings are what you’d call happy (or unhappy), but they’re endings, and that’s good enough for us.

So, although not all the work featured this week is easily connected to classic noir, most of it is noir-ish, or, what I like to call, a more literary noir. Check out Justine Manzano’s The Peace of Completion and Release or Joachim and the Vortex for more on this one; and The Hot Tub another fun read. In terms of poems, we have Madhuri Pavamani’s Women Who Run With Wolves and David Spicer’s The Championship at Stake.

For classic noir and a hardboiled approach to life – look no further than Gary Clifton’s Whores D’Oeuvres or Liz McAdams’s reprint of Spare Change.

Be sure to check out some of the highlights from our ‘Payback’s a Bitch Issue’ for more on this – GoneTrash, Dead Ringer, are good places to start. Buddies, Frogs n’ Shit (and Strike n’ Smash), Guilty, The Christmas that Cracked,  and Meat Whiplash are also fun reads where nobody ever really wins in the end


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