The Noir Issue

Issue #42 | Winter 2008
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AM I [PARA]NORMAL? In Lois Duncan’s Novels, Teens Grapple with Parents, Boyfriends, and Astral Projection | Nadra Kareem

THE BRAVE ONES: Rape-Revenge Films Have Evolved Since the Days of Exploitation Films like I Spit on Your Grave—This New Breed Has Teeth | Tammy Oler

TURNING THE TABLES: The Hip Hop Wars Author Tricia Rose Discusses Corporate Music, Hypermasculinity, and Scratching Out Misogyny | Latoya Peterson

MY DARK CONFESSION: Five Comic Artists Reveal Their Secret Loves, Lives, and Lust 

BODY OF WORK: Five Artists Explore the Dark Side—Using Their Bodies as Canvasses | Jacqueline Houton


IT’S JANE’S HOUSE–WE JUST LIVE IN IT: Bronte, Feminism, and the Gothic Tradition | Sarah Seltzer


ON ARCHETYPES: The “Women’s Pictures” OF Yesteryear May Have Put Forward a Nightmarish Vision for Career Women–But are Today’s Films Any Better? | Monica Nolan

ON ABSTINENCE: Stephanie Meye’s Vampire-Infested Twilight Series Has Created a New YA Genre: Abstinence Porn | Christine Seifert

Love It/Shove It

Vagina-Americans Get it Both Ways by Cindy Widner
Kuttin It Collectively by Debbie Rasmussen
Death Becomes Them by Suzanne Carlson
VW’s High-Concept(ion) Advertising by Bree Kessler
MIssing the Mark by Sarah McAbee
The Return of Dudes in Dresses by Courtney Becks


GRLZ Radio by Victoria Witchey
Asia Argento by Sara Freeman
The Green Party by Kjerstin Johsnon
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia by Shell Fischer
Francesca Woodman by Andrea Feldman
Enough by Jen Angel
Eric, Jose, and the Peace Rug by Victoria Witchey
The Wordy Shipmates by Kelsey Wallace
Malt-O-Meal by Courtney Becks
KPMG Benefits by Victoria Witchey
Some Ecards by Kelsey Wallace 



Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy (Savannah Knoop) by Erica Lies
Hellions: Pop Culture’s Rebel Women (Maria Raha) by Keidra Chaney
Our Bodies, Our Crimes: THe Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America (Jeanne Flavin) by Kay Steiger
Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life (Elrena Evans and Caroline Grant, Eds.) by Katura Reynolds
American Wife (Curtis Sittenfeld) by Eryn Loeb
Red Highways: A Liberal’s Journey into the Heartland (Rose Aguilar) by Niki Papadopoulos
Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women (Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock) by Jessica Jernigan
Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile’s Journey (Joyce Zonana) by Wendy Elisheva Somerson
Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape (Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti, Eds.) by Katura Reynolds
Playing (Melanie Abrams) by Jennie Durant
Feminism and Pop Culture (Andi Zeisler) by Rachel Fudge
Chasing Lolita: How Popular Culture Corrupted Nabokov’s Little Girl All Over Again (Graham Vickers) by Anastasia Masurat
Abortion and Life (Jennifer Baumgardner) by Brittany Shoot
I Am a Teamster: A Short, Fiery Story of Regina V. Polk, Her Hats, Her Pets, Sweet Love, and the Modern-Day Labor Movement (Terry Spencer Hesser) by Elina Shatkin
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls: How to Start a Band, Write Songs, Record an Album, and ROCK OUT! (Marisa Anderson, Ed.) by Annie Lipsit
The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love (David Sterritt and John Anderson, Eds.) by Monica Nolan
So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore) by Dakota Kim


The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade (Salme Dahlstrom) by Anna Breshears
Guilty Guilty Guilty (Diamanda Galás) by Adele Nieves
Free Your Mind and Win a Pony (Golden Animals) by Kimberly Chun
Moenie and Kitchi (Gregory and the Hawk) by Claire Ashton
Godmakesmonkeys (Kaia) by Kaia Wilson
Flamingo (Kellarissa) by Claire Ashton
Some Are Lakes (Land of Talk) by Anna Breshears
Mars LP (Mars) by Kimberly Chun
s-m backwards (Serena-Meneesh) by Anna Breshears
The Rhumb Line (Ra Ra Riot) by Kimberly Chun
Common Reaction (Uh Huh Her) by Kimberly Chun
Promised Land (Dar Williams) by Kaia Wilson

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