Here’s a recap of this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon!
(After this, it’s back to business as usual…I promise.)
My final post for this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon!
Integrity is not considered an aphrodisiac. It is usually given a place-setting at the moral banquet, but rarely makes an appearance during discussions of sex-appeal.
Rebels dominate this conversation. Six-pack abs and an air of danger are optional; attitude isn’t. But rebels, like all culturally celebrated things, don’t need my words in order to shine. They are ubiquitous in the American pop culture landscape. Finding them attractive and charming is not only acceptable, but, by this point, to be expected. It is, dare I say, the norm.
This brief post is my attempt at adding a faint notch in the other, largely overlooked column.
Here are ten bullet-pointed reasons why I have a crush on Hamilton Burger (William Talman), the beleaguered District Attorney on Perry Mason, who is the embodiment of the phrase I’m just doing my job. And his job–that of putting away criminals–is a worthy one. He’s not a hitman or kitten killer. He…
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Another piece I did for the Reel Infatuation Blogathon, wherein I sing the praises of Carl Kolchak.
Dear Mr. Kolchak,
You don’t know who I am, but I’ve been following your career. Not the public side of it, although the articles that make it to print in newspapers across the country are fine. You’re a talented newsman, no matter what you write about. I know that your editor at the INS forces your hand. It’s understandable why he wants to play it safe. I don’t really blame him. Or, at least I wouldn’t if you weren’t so good at the other thing. You’ve really a natural calling, and, well, thank god. Thank god, because there are so few people willing to do what you do, and fewer still who do it as well.
You’re probably wondering how I know about this shadow vocation of yours. I can’t say, of course. I’m confident that you’ll appreciate my need for circumspection. I also hope you will accept my word of honor that I’m not…
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Nero Wolfe’s New York is my favorite literary city. Like all compelling and believable novelistic depictions of real places, it exists somewhere between fiction and fact, reportage and make-believe. The result? A tumultuous, vibrant, and tactile metropolis, at once fashionable and bleak, awash with the stains and glories of both history and contemporary life.
“The Manhattan garment district has got everything from thirty-story marble palaces to holes in the wall. It is no place to go for a stroll, because you are off the sidewalk most of the time, detouring around trucks that are backed in or headed in, but it’s fine as a training ground for jumping and dodging, and as a refresher for reflexes. If you can come out whole from an hour in those cross streets in the Thirties you’ll be safe anywhere in the world. So I felt I had accomplished something when I walked into the entrance of 340 West 37th Street at ten o’clock Wednesday morning.”—The Mother Hunt (1963)
Through this world saunters the irrepressible Archie Goodwin. Nero Wolfe’s second-in-command is always in his element, even when he shouldn’t be. By night and by day, whether flirting with heiresses at penthouse parties or skittering through greasy alleyways in pursuit of murderers or thieves, his composure rarely waivers. He stands his ground through any number of tricky situations, loosening or tightening his morality as needed but never straying too far to either side of the spectrum. Archie’s firmly maintained ambiguity is one of his greatest strengths.
“I always belong wherever I am.”—A Right to Die (1964)
In fact, Archie has lots going for him character crush-wise. Here are some of the reasons why he takes the top spot on my Sexiest Men in Literature List.
ARCHIE GOODWIN, DETECTIVE AND RIGHT-HAND-MAN:
Archie Goodwin is the narrator of the Nero Wolfe series of novels and short stories penned by Rex Stout between 1934 and 1975. He has been portrayed by nearly two dozen actors across different forms of media (films, radio, and television). My favorite portrayal is that of Timothy Hutton from 2000-2002 on A&E, in the television movie The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery and the weekly show A Nero Wolfe Mystery. I think he’s the closest we’ll ever get to a flesh-and-blood Archie Goodwin. And I’m totally okay with that.
The 2017 Reel Infatuation Blogathon starts in three days! It’s not too late to sign up!
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Whee! The Reel Infatuation Blogathon will be here in a few days!
This is a blogathon where we dish about our secret (or not-so-secret) film or book character crushes – past or present. Click HERE for the original announcement and list of participants.
If you, like us, are having trouble picking one fictional character, you can choose two or three!
If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to join us. Just grab a banner and let us know your choice.
See you this weekend!
‘Tis raining in my neighborhood, and I only wish I owned such stylish wet-weather garb. Please accept this cutesy image as a peace-offering for my recent absence…
…but I’ve been (furiously) working on Reel Infatuation Blogathon content. Can you believe it’s almost here?
We hope you’ll join us this weekend for all of your character crush needs!
It’s almost time for the 2017 Reel Infatuation Blogathon. Squee! If you’d like to sign up, go here.
That’s a rhetorical question.
Of course you do.
Or, at least you have at some point in your life…
and will likely do so again.
You can’t help yourself. Neither can I. Neither can anyone.
Why not have fun with it, then?
Here’s a little refresher/introduction excerpt:
Reel Infatuation is a reader participation virtual cyclopedia of character crushes. It’s a symbiotic, interactive platform built on the old-fashioned notion of give-and-take. We want to hear all about your film, television, and literary loves! Are your stories sweet, silly, embarrassing, or seemingly inexplicable? Share ’em! First crushes, old crushes, new crushes? Bring ’em on. You show us yours, and we’ll show you ours!
Remember: the character is the thing. We want to hear about specific character crushes.
Sounds entertaining, eh? (It is. Trust us!)
Although it is pretty straightforward, I’ve noticed that one detail seems to get lost in the process. I’m not surprised. Between the name (Reel Infatuation) and the fact that most blogathons focus on film and television, it’s pretty easy to overlook the bookish element inherent in RI. In other words…
this one is for you, too, book lovers!
Literary characters are just as crush-worthy as their movie and television counterparts. Maybe more so. And we want to hear all about yours! This is one time that bringing a book to a party is expected, accepted, and celebrated.
may or may not totally own this shirt (and wear it to places where I cannot read a book, but want to. I’m passive-aggressive, but compliant.)
the moral to this post is
WANT YOU TO
BRING YOUR BOOK CHARACTER CRUSHES
TO OUR SUPER-FUN PARTY!
It wouldn’t be the same without you.
Since A Small Press Life is nothing if not a book blog, this is where I’ll be talking about my slightly unhealthy love for Archie Goodwin. (My discussion of television’s Hamilton Burger and Carl Kolchak will take place at our sister-site, Font & Frock.)
We hope to see you in June!
Hey, just so you know…The Reel Infatuation Blogathon is back. Please join us!
Sometimes an experience is so much fun that you cannot wait to do it again. This impulse is one of the reasons why people keep revisiting amusement parks and beaches, museums and restaurants. The comfort of the familiar, when hitched to the promise of a fresh, unpredictable variation, is pretty thrilling to the average human.
We’re no different. Thus…
while a blogathon is marvelous, a yearly blogathon is one step better on the scale from here to fabulous!
On that note, along with my co-hostess with the mostest, Ruth of Silver Screenings, I’m happy to announce the return of the Reel Infatuation Blogathon!
Help Lucy Spread the Word
It’s time to sharpen your pencils and start thinking about your favorite character crushes. They can come from film, television, or books. Remember: the character is the thing. We want to hear about specific character crushes, not generically dreamy performers. To learn more…
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