On a typical fall Sunday in Denver, people in orange and blue flock to local joints that serve cheap Coors Light and burger combos and have TVs blaring. But not everyone wants to bump elbows with former high school athletes getting drunk and trying to relive the "glory" days. Some people actually ju ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>
It was an American writer, Dashiell Hammett, who wrested the detective novel from the polite confines of British tea parlors and morning rooms, packed with sleuthing aristocrats and poisoned butlers, and put it back in the gutter where it belongs. But it took a British writer, Philip Kerr, to retool ... More >>
While the Afghan Whigs are probably not the first band people think of when they think of the '90s, album for album, the band consistently put out quality material. The outfit's soul-inflected rock, which could just as easily be called power pop even though it packed a lot more punch than some of th ... More >>
John WilliamsFor years this space has been the repository of staff rants about the weird selections made by the city's One Book, One Denver program -- most of which have little or nothing to do with Colorado and seem to be, at best, a nod toward oh-so-PC mediocrity. The worst offender may be ... More >>
Local author Warren Hammond fuses two genres.
The Denver Film Society climbs aboard the One Book, One Denver train.
From the week of September 25, 2008
Get the skinny on The Thin Man. Okay, so the Looper and his bookworms wanted something "adventurous" for this year's One Book, One Denver. Like a mystery. So why not Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man? Hammett, after all, is the dean of the American hardboiled private eye novel. As his admirer Raym ... More >>
Dashiell Hammet. Patricia Calhoun's blog teasing today's One Book, One Denver selection notes that the city has previously enforced a no-dead-author rule when it comes to choosing a tome all of us are supposed to read, and share, together. Well, that's all over. Mayor John Hickenlooper announced t ... More >>
Going undercover to catch a kitchen between courses.
Congress is putting on the squeeze, but Colorado's private investigators still can't agree how -- or if -- they should be regulated.
Brick drops 1940s intrigue into modern-day high school life.
The Thin Man
Once derided, comics now ride high in No Joke: The Spirit of American Comic Books.
Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image
James Lee Burke brings Elizabethan tragedy to the bayou.
The Minus Man doesn't equal the sum of its parts.