Making A List

Making A List: My Top 5 Post-Modern Detective Novels

by Lookout Intern, Joe Worthen

#5 – Noir by Robert Coover

Noir is essentially a compendium of detective tropes written in 2nd person, strung together to give the impression of narrative. You, Philip M Noir, spend most of the book drunk, searching for a widow in a maze of murder, jazz and cigarette smoke. As goons continually beat you in the head, victims change into suspects, corpses turn up living, and dead end clues pile up with the bullet casings.

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Making A List: Literary Halloween Costumes

by Ana Alvarez, Lookout Books Intern

It’s hard to believe Halloween is just around the proverbial Gregorian Calendar corner. I’m a strong proponent of literary-themed costumes, so here are a few costume ideas for the book nerd in all of us.
1. Miss Havisham from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

To complete the Havisham look, all you need is a wedding dress and a gray wig. If you want to be gutsy, bring a cake along. Give men the stink-eye.

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Making A List: Top 5 Unreliable Narrators

by Ethan Warren, Lookout Intern

I love unreliable narrators. They call attention to something interesting about fiction, and writing in general—we’re all unreliable. We process the world through our own lenses, and any story we tell is implicitly our version of events, no matter how fair and balanced we try to be. Nonetheless, some narrators are more unreliable than others, so here are five examples of narrators at their most unreliable.
1. Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Holden is far from the earliest example of an unreliable narrator, but he’s the one that always pops into my mind first, and I bet I’m not alone on that. Holden has a giant chip on his shoulder, and he doesn’t care about being fair to the people he’s telling you about. Everyone’s a phony to him, and if they have their own side to the story, he doesn’t particularly care.

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