More MFM: Episode 7, A Poetics of True Crime Emerges

I’ve already talked about the My Favorite Murder podcast a few times on this blog (here, and here, for example). And it’s easy to keep coming back to this podcast because, for one thing, it’s a long-running series at this point and, more importantly, it serves as an interesting example for both its popularity and … Continue reading More MFM: Episode 7, A Poetics of True Crime Emerges

A Lost Modernist Manifesto, or: S. S. Van Dine’s Rules for Detective Fiction

We’re apparently on the theme of “genre” this week! This post is about how the “detective fiction” genre was defined in the twentieth century (more or less). Folks who are dedicated fans or critics of detective fiction have probably heard of S.S. Van Dine, the pseudonym of an American detective fiction writer who was popular … Continue reading A Lost Modernist Manifesto, or: S. S. Van Dine’s Rules for Detective Fiction

The Genre of Crime Discourse

Without nerding out too much, I think it’s important to acknowledge the term “genre” as important for this blog. The idea of “genre” comes from the classical (e.g. ancient Greek) writings about forms: namely, that there are different kinds of forms that serve different purposes. The word “genre” comes from the French for “kind.” Aristotle’s … Continue reading The Genre of Crime Discourse

Disclosure: Why am I writing about this topic?

Why am I writing about this topic? I recently completed a PhD in literary studies, and nearing the end of that long research and writing project, I came across what I have come to call “tropes of white womanhood” that were circulated within and between European and North American societies (my focus was mainly on … Continue reading Disclosure: Why am I writing about this topic?

Crime Clown Show Exits

In honor of the crime clown show leaving the White House today, let’s reminisce. I was recently listening to Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill podcast, episode 9, which discusses some of Trump’s campaign coverups of his affairs, including at least one child-with-hotel-staff coverup. In the episode, there is an audio clip of Trump talking about … Continue reading Crime Clown Show Exits

True Crime Burnout, or: Monetize that Sh*

I’m reading a fascinating book about True Crime and digital media engagement by Tanya Horeck (who probably has my dream job and whose work I wish I’d come across earlier in my PhD career), and I’ll definitely be dipping into parts of it on this blog, but this early tidbit stood out to me as … Continue reading True Crime Burnout, or: Monetize that Sh*

Our relationship to True Crime is an enduring one

Our relationship to true crime is an enduring one. We know this for a fact because culture gets recorded in various media, and it is the work of some professionals to examine media from the past for what it tells us about us, our pasts, and -- importantly -- sometimes about our present.* I brought … Continue reading Our relationship to True Crime is an enduring one

I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part Two)

Content Warning: this post references violence, including sexual violence. In an early interview about their podcast, Karen Kilgariff -- co-host of the long-running and beloved podcast My Favorite Murder -- says that what is scary and thrilling about murderers for her is the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” dynamic, when someone has a place in a community … Continue reading I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part Two)

I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part One)

The first episode (in 2016) of the My Favorite Murder podcast drops many truths about the appeal of True Crime, especially for women. I wasn’t following this podcast closely prior to this blog project, but I’ve been aware of it. I know it’s one of the most popular podcasts, period, never mind in the true … Continue reading I’m Listening to “My Favorite Murder” from the Beginning (Part One)