New and fun ways to read noir

What is noir? It’s fiction loaded with amoral, nihilistic creeps on the run from the consequences of their morally bankrupt actions. At its best and most noir-y, it’s pretty hard to take. Here are some examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The thing about real noir fiction is, there are no happy endings, nobody gets off the hook, and there is no redemption at the end. Since I am a wimp, I prefer noir-lite, which is the modern version of the old gritty business. When I read about suburban noir and motherhood noir, I practically squeaked with joy.  Here, the well-heeled and comfortable endure some awfulness that may or may not end well, but without the sweaty desperation and low-brow horrors of real noir. Perfect for the nihilism-avoidant in all of us:

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